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1957,[1] from dialectal (northern England) chuff, originally meaning “puffed with fat”.[1][2]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃʌft/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌft



  1. simple past tense and past participle of chuff


chuffed (comparative more chuffed, superlative most chuffed)

  1. (Britain, informal) Very pleased or satisfied; delighted.
    Antonyms: dischuffed, displeased
    • 2004, Mike Skinner (lyrics), “It Was Supposed to Be So Easy”, in A Grand Don’t Come For Free, performed by The Streets:
      Got to the video shop in a state / But chuffed it wouldn't be late
    • 2014, Colleen McCullough, Bittersweet: A Novel, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 131
      “I'm chuffed,” she said, putting the kettle on. He gave her that wonderful smile. “Why, exactly?” “Why do you suppose we drink so much strong tea?” “Habit. It's a drug within the bounds of the law.” “Very true!” “Why are you so chuffed, Edda?”
    • 2015, Willie Robertson, Michael Ball - The Biography, John Blake Publishing (→ISBN)
      As he arrived on the red carpet Michael said: 'It is my first nomination and I could not be more chuffed.' Well, he could be more chuffed. And that was if he was to win the Olivier honour.
  2. disgruntled, displeased, unsatisfied
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)



  1. 1.0 1.1 chuffed”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “chuff”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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