- a rustic.
- a boor; churl.
- a miserly fellow.
Origin of chuff1
- chubby; fat.
- swollen with pride; proud; elated.
Origin of chuff2
- a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.
- to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.
Origin of chuff3
Examples from the Web for chuff
That's what Chuff wanted us to think—that they concerned us.
When Pete was killed, Chuff had to find someone else to do the job.
But of course, "Chuff" might have 'phoned from a house round the corner.
You need not have been so chuff in your manner just now, Keith.A Sister of the Red Cross
Mrs. L. T. Meade
I cannot see why she should be rude and chuff and disagreeable.A Very Naughty Girl
L. T. Meade
- a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
- (intr) to move while emitting such soundsthe train chuffed on its way
- dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow
- (tr; usually passive) British slang to please or delighthe was chuffed by his pay rise
Word Origin and History for chuff
"pleased, happy," c.1860, British dialect, from obsolete chuff "swollen with fat" (1520s). A second British dialectal chuff has an opposite meaning, "displeased, gruff" (1832), from chuff "rude fellow," or, as Johnson has it, "a coarse, fat-headed, blunt clown" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Chuffed.