1

chuff

noun \ ˈchəf \

Definition of chuff

: boor, churl

Origin and Etymology of chuff

Middle English chuffe


2

chuff

verb

Definition of chuff

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

Origin and Etymology of chuff

imitative


3

chuff

noun

Definition of chuff

: the sound of noisy exhaust or exhalations

First Known Use of chuff

1915


Learn More about chuff


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chuff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

having a quality expressive of sadness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-dog-in-snow-jumping-to-grab-a-heart-shaped-balloon-the-snow-and-heart-balloon-indicate-that-the-month-being-represented-is-april-and-the-dog-is-just-kinda-cute
  • Which is a synonym of sanguine?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!