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
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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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