chuff

noun (1)
\ ˈchəf How to pronounce chuff (audio) \

Definition of chuff

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: boor, churl

chuff

verb
chuffed; chuffing; chuffs

Definition of chuff (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to produce noisy exhaust or exhalations : proceed or operate with chuffs the chuffing and snorting of switch engines— Paul Gallico

chuff

noun (2)

Definition of chuff (Entry 3 of 3)

: the sound of noisy exhaust or exhalations

Synonyms for chuff

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of chuff

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chuff

Noun (1)

Middle English chuffe

Verb

imitative

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“Chuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuff. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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