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chuff

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noun \ˈchəf\

Definition of chuff

  1. :  boor, churl



Origin of chuff

Middle English chuffe


First Known Use: 15th century


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chuff

verb

Definition of chuff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to produce noisy exhaust or exhalations :  proceed or operate with chuffs <the chuffing and snorting of switch engines — Paul Gallico>



Origin of chuff

imitative


First Known Use: 1914


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chuff

noun

Definition of chuff

  1. :  the sound of noisy exhaust or exhalations



1915

First Known Use of chuff

1915


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