Main definitions of chuff in English

: chuff1chuff2

chuff1

Pronunciation /CHəf/ /tʃəf/

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.’

Origin

Early 20th century imitative.

Main definitions of chuff in English

: chuff1chuff2

chuff2

Pronunciation /CHəf/ /tʃəf/

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’

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.