chuff

2
[chuhf, choo f]

Origin of chuff

2
1600–10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements
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Examples from the Web for chuffer

Historical Examples of chuffer

  • The plutocrat has his chuffer, a minion of greed and pelf; the poor man must weep and suffer, and drive his own car himself.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason


British Dictionary definitions for chuffer

chuff

1
noun
  1. a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
verb
  1. (intr) to move while emitting such soundsthe train chuffed on its way

Word Origin for chuff

C20: of imitative origin

chuff

2
noun
  1. dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow

Word Origin for chuff

C17: from obsolete chuff (n) fat cheek, of obscure origin

chuff

3
verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) British slang to please or delighthe was chuffed by his pay rise

Word Origin for chuff

probably from chuff (adj) pleased, happy (earlier: chubby), from C16 chuff (obsolete n) a fat cheek, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chuffer

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.

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