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. swollen with pride; proud; elated.
[1600-10; cf. earlier chuff puffed cheek, perh. repr. ME cholle JOWL2 conflated with uncert. elements]
chuff3
/chuf/, n.
1. a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.
v.i.
2. to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.
[1910-15; imit.]

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