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

(onomatopoeia). Compare chug and puff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

  • "The monthly veterinary report of July 31, 2023 assessed that the pulmonary lesion was smaller. Bloodwork and chuff (blowhole exhalation samples) were unremarkable, with a very low white blood cell count in Lolita's chuff samples. In summary, the veterinarians were seeing incremental improvements in her health. Nonetheless, she was still fighting the chronic infection in her lung, and continued to receive daily Faropenem and antifungal medications."

    August 19, 2023

  • See prusten.

    August 19, 2023