chuff
I. noun Etymology: Middle English chuffe Date: 15th century boor, churl II. intransitive verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1914 to produce noisy exhaust or exhalations ; proceed or operate with chuffs <
the chuffing and snorting of switch engines — Paul Gallico
>
III. noun Date: 1915 the sound of noisy exhaust or exhalations

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chuff — chuff1 /chuf/, n. 1. a rustic. 2. a boor; churl. 3. a miserly fellow. [1400 50; late ME chuffe, of obscure orig.] chuff2 /chuf, choof/, adj. Brit. Dial. 1. chubby; fat. 2 …   Universalium

  • chuff — 1. adjective a) Surly. b) Swollen. Syn: chuffy 2. noun a) A coarse or stupid fellow. b) Superfluous small talk that is free of conflict, offers no character development, description or insight, and does not advance the sto …   Wiktionary

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