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chuffle

[ chuhf-uhl ]
/ ˈtʃʌf əl /
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verb (used without object), chuf·fled, chuf·fling.

(of the larger species of cats) to make a low snuffling sound analogous to the purring of smaller cat species, often as a greeting.

noun

such a sound.

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Origin of chuffle

Imitative; cf. chuff3, -le
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