[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.
  1. such a sound.

Origin of chuffle

imitative; cf. chuff3, -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018