- 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 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
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 slang (intensifier)chuffing marvellous
- 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 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.