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chuffle

[chuhf-uh l]
verb (used without object), chuf·fled, chuf·fling.
  1. (of the larger species of cats) to make a low snuffling sound analogous to the purring of smaller cat species, often as a greeting.
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noun
  1. such a sound.
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Origin of chuffle

imitative; cf. chuff3, -le
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