a small, portable stove.

1815–25; variant of obsolete chafer, Middle English chafer (see chafe, -er1), probably influenced by + French chauffoir heater Unabridged
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chauffer or chaufer (ˈtʃɔːfə)
a small portable heater or stove
[C19: from French chauffoir, from chauffer to heat]
chaufer or chaufer
[C19: from French chauffoir, from chauffer to heat]

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Word Origin & History

"small portable stove," 1825, variant of chafer, agent noun from chafe; form infl. by Fr. chauffoir "a heater," from chauffer "to heat," which also is ult. from chafe (see chauffeur).
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One pilot per car, but still cheaper than a chauffer or even a taxi.
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