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chuff

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

chuff (comparative more chuff, superlative most chuff)

  1. (UK) Surly.
  2. (UK, dialect) stupid; churlish
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SynonymsEdit

NounEdit

chuff (plural chuffs)

  1. A coarse or stupid fellow.
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TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

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 2Edit

Onomatopoeic. Compare chug and puff.

VerbEdit

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.
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

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 3Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

chuff (comparative more chuff, superlative most chuff)

  1. (UK) Pleased.
  2. (obsolete) Swollen with fat.
  3. (vulgar slang, of cheeks) Swollen.
Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

chuff (plural chuffs)

  1. (vulgar slang) The vagina.

ReferencesEdit

  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).