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chuff1

[chuhf] /tʃʌf/
noun
1.
a rustic.
2.
a boor; churl.
3.
a miserly fellow.
Origin of chuff1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chuffe, of obscure origin

chuff2

[chuhf, choo f] /tʃʌf, tʃʊf/
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

chuff3

[chuhf] /tʃʌf/
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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  • You need not have been so chuff in your manner just now, Keith.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • When Pete was killed, chuff had to find someone else to do the job.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Clo guessed that at times there were things to hide, and then chuff would forget to leave that key for his friends!

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I cannot see why she should be rude and chuff and disagreeable.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • If she did the job at the Westmorland, it was to set him and her up in housekeeping, later on, well away from chuff and Co.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I pointed out to Spider, who was soon rampaging about him behind chuff's back, that he had nought to fear.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • He had seen Jake again, who prophesied that chuff would not arrive before the afternoon.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • He's sworn on his oath that chuff spends half his time along with you and the banns be called.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • Later in the day the couple next door resigned themselves to the indefinite absence of chuff.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • She had good reason to know, and that chuff had lent his telephone book to "Jake."

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for chuff

chuff1

/tʃʌf/
noun
1.
a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
verb
2.
(intransitive) to move while emitting such sounds: the train chuffed on its way
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin

chuff2

/tʃʌf/
noun
1.
(dialect) a boor; churl; sullen fellow
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete chuff (n) fat cheek, of obscure origin

chuff3

/tʃʌf/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually passive) (Brit, slang) to please or delight: he was chuffed by his pay rise
Word Origin
probably from chuff (adj) pleased, happy (earlier: chubby), from C16 chuff (obsolete n) a fat cheek, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chuff

"pleased, happy," c.1860, British dialect, from obsolete chuff "swollen with fat" (1520s). A second British dialectal chuff has an opposite meaning, "displeased, gruff" (1832), from chuff "rude fellow," or, as Johnson has it, "a coarse, fat-headed, blunt clown" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Chuffed.

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