chuff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chuff blow hard and loudly "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chuff A coarse or stupid fellow.
    • a Chuff Stupid; churlish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chuff A coarse, heavy, dull fellow; a surly or churlish person; an avaricious old fellow.
    • chuff Surly; churlish; ill-tempered.
    • n chuff A cheek.
    • chuff Chuffy; plump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chuff chuf a clown: a surly fellow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a modification of chub,: cf. W. cyff, stock, stump
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. chuffe, choffe, a boor (origin unknown), conn. with Scotch coof, akin to Ice. kueif.

Usage

In literature:

You're legacy hunting, are you, Mister Chuff?
"Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit" by Charles Dickens
Mrs. Chuff covered the drawing-rooms with prodigious tapestries, the work of her hands.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
SORDIDO, a wretched hob-nailed chuff, whose recreation is reading of almanacks; and felicity, foul weather.
"Every Man Out Of His Humour" by Ben Jonson
I do it principally to annoy Bishop Chuff.
"In the Sweet Dry and Dry" by Christopher Morley
A wretched hobnailed chuff, whose recreation is reading of almanacks; and felicity, foul weather.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Tom Chuff was his name.
"J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5" by J.S. Le Fanu
A motor-launch chuff-chuffed out from the quay, flying the yellow flag.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Chuff, he thought as the place had took fire and the missis was a-burning.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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" by Eden Phillpotts
What a large proportion of the younger generation in Chelsea neglected to perform the old Chelsea Chuff!
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Why be you so chuff to poor Sue, and whatever 'ave you got to say?
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
See a rich chuff, whose wounds great wealth inferred, For bloodshed knighted, before me preferred.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
But of course, "Chuff" might have 'phoned from a house round the corner.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Kingdon, you're the chauffeur, and when chauffeur is mentioned, you must make a 'chuff-chuff' sound like starting the machine.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
She was very chuff with me on New Year's Day.
"A Very Naughty Girl" by L. T. Meade
Slowly, with two engines, we grunt and chuff and twist to get over the break-neck heights that shut Messina in from the north coast.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
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In poetry:

Chuff chuff Pauline what's the matter?
Said the Brigadier to his wife
Who did not even notice
What a handsome couple they made.
"Drugs Made Pauline Vague" by Stevie Smith

In news:

Is sitting on your chuff akin to having a puff.
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