Main meanings of chuff in English

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chuff1

Pronunciation /tʃʌf/

verb

no object, with adverbial of direction
  • (of a steam engine) move with a regular sharp puffing sound.

    ‘the train was chuffing out of the station’
    • ‘Installed around 18 months ago at a cost just a tad short of £500,000, the Fort William turntable was intended to be a novel tourist attraction to augment the steam train service that chuffs along the line during the summer months.’
    • ‘I felt as though I were a train that was slowly chuffing off from the station, the wheel spokes moving in slow, forward motions.’
    • ‘With all but the very last of the swimmers in, some of the boats began to chuff into harbour as well, the pilots waving to their friends.’
    • ‘The weather was fantastic, and the whole place seemed a thousand miles from home, especially when the steam trains chuffed past.’
    • ‘And then, the little two-carriage train chuffed in to the platform and we were back together once more.’
    • ‘In a country where goat-propelled carts are de rigueur and people stop and stare in wonder at a 35-year-old Mack truck chuffing and chugging along the rutted roads.’
    • ‘This train was very late and didn't come chuffing in apologetically until 10 p.m.’
    • ‘The train didn't stop for very long, and soon chuffed off leaving the feline beneath the station clock.’

Phrasal Verbs

    chuff off
    British informal
    • in imperative Go away (used as an expression of anger or impatience)

      • ‘just chuff off, mate’
      • ‘this backache can blooming well chuff off! I've had enough now’

Origin

Early 20th century imitative.

Main meanings of chuff in English

: chuff1chuff2

chuff2

Pronunciation /tʃʌf/

noun

informal British
  • A person's buttocks or anus.

    • ‘the parents should tell their daughter to get off her chuff and earn the money she receives’
    • ‘If Smith is such a great constituency Member of Parliament, why did he not get off his chuff and write to the Minister about the issues of which he speaks?’
    • ‘And so, to have at least one part of me moving while I chat and listen to him, I've played Zuma to make me feel like I'm achieving something besides sitting on my chuff.’
    • ‘On this makeshift stage women showed you their chuffs for a quid.’
    • ‘Why should the ministry not get off its chuff, do the work, and come up with a decision?’
    • ‘That's the good thing about having friends to stay… you've got the perfect excuse to get off your chuff and go and do something you haven't yet gotten around to.’
    • ‘To this day he has not got off his chuff and gone to the police or the Serious Fraud Office, to say that he wants to help the people who lost money.’
    • ‘The Minister needs to get off his chuff over the summer months and get on top of this portfolio.’
    • ‘I hope this Government will get off its chuff and properly support and resource the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, so that it can do a better job for our children.’

exclamation

informal British
  • Used for emphasis in questions and exclamations.

    • ‘how the chuff should I know?’
    • ‘Alan asks her where the chuff she's going’
    • ‘he couldn't give a chuff’

Origin

1940s origin uncertain; the exclamation is a euphemistic alteration of fuck or a similar expletive.