chuff

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

15th century, dialectical, in noun sense “stupid fellow”.[1][2] Adjective sense “surly, displeased” from 1832.[2]

Adjective[edit]

chuff (comparative more chuff, superlative most chuff)

  1. (UK) Surly.
  2. (UK, dialect) stupid; churlish
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Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

chuff (plural chuffs)

  1. A coarse or stupid fellow.
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Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

chuff (third-person singular simple present chuffs, present participle chuffing, simple past and past participle chuffed)

  1. (transitive, slang) To purposefully fail a standardized test in a conspicuous way.

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeic. Compare chug and puff.

Verb[edit]

chuff (third-person singular simple present chuffs, present participle chuffing, simple past and past participle chuffed)

  1. (intransitive) To make noisy puffing sounds, as of a steam locomotive.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", Selected Short Stories
      The horses stumbled along, coughing and chuffing.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
      ... and the small lit up train that chuffed past in the cutting made it seem like real night.
    • 1990, John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
      The pigeons chuff and chortle off in indignant disappointment.
  2. (UK, informal) To break wind.
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

chuff (uncountable)

  1. (scriptwriting, uncountable) Superfluous small talk that is free of conflict, offers no character development, description or insight, and does not advance the story or plot.

Etymology 3[edit]

1520s, in sense “swollen with fat”; circa 1860, British dialect, in sense “pleased”.[2] Possibly related to “coarse, stupid, fat-headed” sense.

Adjective[edit]

chuff (comparative more chuff, superlative most chuff)

  1. (UK) Pleased.
  2. (obsolete) Swollen with fat.
  3. (vulgar slang, of cheeks) Swollen.
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

chuff (plural chuffs)

  1. (vulgar slang) The vagina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Dictionary of the English Language Samuel Johnson (W Strahan ‧London, 15 April 1755)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 chuff” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).