chuff

chuff

1 [chuhf]

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English chuffe, of obscure origin

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chuff

2 [chuhf, choof]
adjective British Dialect.
1.
chubby; fat.
2.
swollen with pride; proud; elated.

Origin:
1600–10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements

chuff

3 [chuhf]
noun
1.
a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.
verb (used without object)
2.
to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.

Origin:
1910–15; imitative

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chuff1 (tʃʌf)
 
n
1.  a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
 
vb
2.  (intr) to move while emitting such sounds: the train chuffed on its way
 
[C20: of imitative origin]

chuff2 (tʃʌf)
 
n
dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow
 
[C17: from obsolete chuff (n) fat cheek, of obscure origin]

chuff3 (tʃʌf)
 
vb
slang (Brit) (tr; usually passive) to please or delight: he was chuffed by his pay rise
 
[probably from chuff (adj) pleased, happy (earlier: chubby), from C16 chuff (obsolete n) a fat cheek, of unknown origin]

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chuff
"pleased, happy," c.1860, British dial., from obs. chuff "swollen with fat" (1530). A second British dial. chuff has an opposite meaning, "displeased, gruff" (1832), from chuff "rude fellow" (c.1450).
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