Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rude, insensitive person; a boor.
  • intransitive v. To produce or move with noisy puffing or explosive sounds: "Switch engines chuffed impatiently in busy rail yards” ( Robert Paul Jordan).
  • n. A noisy puffing or explosive sound, such as one made by a locomotive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Surly.
  • adj. stupid; churlish
  • n. A coarse or stupid fellow.
  • v. To purposefully fail a standardized test in a conspicuous way.
  • v. To make noisy puffing sounds, as of a steam locomotive.
  • v. To break wind.
  • n. Superfluous small talk that is free of conflict, offers no character development, description or insight, and does not advance the story or plot.
  • adj. Pleased.
  • adj. Swollen with fat.
  • adj. Swollen.
  • n. The vagina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse or stupid fellow.
  • adj. Stupid; churlish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse, heavy, dull fellow; a surly or churlish person; an avaricious old fellow.
  • Surly; churlish; ill-tempered.
  • n. A cheek.
  • Chuffy; plump.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. blow hard and loudly

Etymologies

Middle English chuffe.
Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
15th century, dialectical, in noun sense “stupid fellow”.[2] Adjective sense “surly, displeased” from 1832.[2] (Wiktionary)
(onomatopoeia). Compare chug and puff. (Wiktionary)
1520s, in sense “swollen with fat”; circa 1860, British dialect, in sense “pleased”. Possibly related to “coarse, stupid, fat-headed” sense. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Big cats have their own repertoire of sounds e.g. the rumbled greeting of lionesses and the distinctive "chuff" of tigers.

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  • The engine starts with grumpy whine and wet chuff, and then falls into a sullen idle.

    Nissan GT-R: A 'Halo Car' With Devil's Horns

  • Draught horses are led around the smaller ring, and nearby dozens of stationary engines chuff, splutter and bounce on individual pitches.

    Country diary: Stithians, Cornwall

  • In the words of a delightful colloquialism where I come from: these pitchers are as keeping it as "tight as a gnat's chuff".

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - live! | Steve Busfield

  • He left me alone, I worked my nuts off and we locked up loads of villans and put them in prison and I squared away some lazy tossers who did chuff all for their money.

    WARNING – BULLSHIT ALERT « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Anyway, Charlotte is a treat to the eye as well as a pain in the chuff.

    Cheated. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • There was an arrangement of Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" with Chestnut spinning droplets of notes over the percussive chuff of the violins and the bass-like thumping of the cello; a joyous rendition of Clapton's "Crossroads"; and Marshall's bass mandolin, down-home-sounding version of "Gator Strut."

    In performance: Turtle Island Quartet at 25

  • Griffith was off before the first chuff finished chuffing.

    BLASTIN’ THE BLUES

  • In the first 10 minutes of the game (after, I must chuff, I did get one batter out), a sneaking runner made a judgment call to come back to first - catcher threw the ball to me at about 300 kph (felt like that anyway!), which bounced on the hard packed dirt around me, clipped my thumb and bounced into the side of my face.

    Exciting times!

  •  They have things to help them, like creatures, but not; things that roar and chuff and belch smoke.

    S OWN STORY(1)

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  • aha, thanks for that. I had a feeling 'chuff' and 'chuffed' were two completely different things in Brit slang

    November 22, 2009

  • A British euphemism for female genitalia, as in "Phoenix is dryer than a nun's chuff," to quote the Urban Dictionary example.

    August 18, 2008

  • Citation on flexitone.

    July 30, 2008