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Chuff \Chuff\, n. [Perh. a modification of chub: cf. W. cyff stock, stump.] A coarse or stupid fellow.


Chuff \Chuff\, a. Stupid; churlish. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.), which is of unknown origin. Related: Chuffed.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context British English) surly. 2 (context UK dialect English) stupid; churlish n. A coarse or stupid fellow. v

  2. (context transitive slang English) To purposefully fail a standardized test in a conspicuous way. Etymology 2

    n. (context scriptwriting uncountable English) Superfluous small talk that is free of conflict, offers no character development, description or insight, and does not advance the story or plot. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To make noisy puffing sounds, as of a steam locomotive. 2 (context British informal English) To break wind. Etymology 3

    1. 1 (context British English) Pleased. 2 (context obsolete English) Swollen with fat. 3 (context coarse slang of cheeks English) swollen. n. (context coarse slang English) The vagina.


v. blow hard and loudly; "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain" [syn: puff, huff]


Chuff may refer to:

  • [chuffed / chuffing] to make regular, sharp puffing sounds [as a locomotive, or horse]
  • A coarse, boorish, or stupid person
  • Chough, sometimes misspelled as "chuff", collectively refers to the two crow species of the genus Pyrrhocorax:
    • Alpine chough (P. graculus), or yellow-billed chough
    • Red-billed chough (P. pyrrhocorax)
  • White-winged chough, a bird species that is the only member of the genus Corcora, and one of only two surviving members of the Australian mudnesters family (Struthideidae)
  • Palleus Chuff, an actor and Yoda impersonator in Sean Stewart's 2004 novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Usage examples of "chuff".

Halott was gone, the tiger returned and chuffed once more and I followed it down a set of stairs, down through a laboratory of some kind, and on down into dank basements below, with water adrip, slime on the walls, and rats running everywhere.

Nearer and nearer came the chuff, chuff until Blinky became quite frightened.

The chuffing of the griffins grew in pitch until it became a cross between a yelp and howl.

All at once he started awake, hearing that ringing beat, but he realized he was listening to the chuffing of the griffins.

A raven swung upside down on a whalebone perch, making the soft chuffing noises of a bird whose vocal cords had felt the heat of a throat-iron upon hatching.

Copernik the line had been electrified, and the lack of coal smoke and the pounding, chuffing sound of a steam locomotive was a little eerie.

A deep chuffing, the hollow sound steam made when exhausted into the stack of a light ship, and the soft continual surf noise of a bow wave curving away from the prow, just on the edge of hearing.

We drove off, the machine chuffing and rattling in response to the things she did to a collection of levers.

The bear passed close enough to my window that I could smell the hot rank odor of her fur, and hear her heavy chuffing breath.

Elizabeth thought concentratedly, startled once, when she heard the winding-engine chuff quickly, and the brakes skirr with a shriek.

Bishop Chuff is greatly annoyed at the persistent use of the printing press to issue clandestine vinous recipes.

The tow truck tends to diesel and chuff after deignition, finally subsiding with a shuddering fart.

And he sang a merry song and chuffed and tootled his way across the grassy plain.

Hell Station and chuffed direct across the dry Badlands to the river country where Supply was located.

All at once he started awake, hearing that ringing beat, but he realized he was listening to the chuffing of the griffins.