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chuff2

[chuhf, choo f] /tʃʌf, tʃʊf/
adjective, British Dialect
1.
chubby; fat.
2.
swollen with pride; proud; elated.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements
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British Dictionary definitions for chuffest

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 chuffest

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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