Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To produce or move with noisy puffing or explosive sounds.
  • noun A noisy puffing or explosive sound, such as one made by a locomotive.
  • noun A rude, insensitive person; a boor.
  • noun The buttocks.
  • noun The anus.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A coarse or stupid fellow.
  • adjective Prov. Eng. Stupid; churlish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective UK Surly.
  • adjective UK, dialect stupid; churlish
  • noun A coarse or stupid fellow.
  • verb transitive, slang To purposefully fail a standardized test in a conspicuous way.
  • verb intransitive To make noisy puffing sounds, as of a steam locomotive.
  • verb UK, informal To break wind.
  • noun 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.
  • adjective UK Pleased.
  • adjective obsolete Swollen with fat.
  • adjective vulgar slang, of cheeks Swollen.
  • noun vulgar slang The vagina.

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

  • verb blow hard and loudly

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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

[Middle English chuffe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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(onomatopoeia). Compare chug and puff.

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

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  • Citation on flexitone.

    July 30, 2008

  • 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

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

    November 22, 2009