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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
1910-1915
1910-15; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for chuffing

chuffing

/ˈtʃʌfɪŋ/
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
1.
(Brit, slang) (intensifier): chuffing marvellous
Word Origin
C20: from N English chuff, a euphemism for fuck

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 chuffing

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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