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verb (used without object)
  1. to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.

Origin of chuff

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for chuffing

blow, breathe, palpitate, huff, throb, whiff, chuff, gulp, snort, puff, wheeze, heave, wind

Examples from the Web for chuffing

Historical Examples of chuffing

  • As Tallis climbed out of the car, chuffing windily into the kerchief, MacMaine snapped an order to the sergeant behind the wheel.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • He sits there, muttering and chuffing and sticking a long wood spit in his soup, and then he coughs and says 'Ug!'

    The Three Mulla-mulgars

    Walter De La Mare

British Dictionary definitions for chuffing


adjective, adverb (prenominal)
  1. British slang (intensifier)chuffing marvellous

Word Origin for chuffing

C20: from N English chuff, a euphemism for fuck


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

Word Origin for chuff

C20: of imitative origin


  1. dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow

Word Origin for chuff

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


  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 chuffing


"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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