The American Heritage Dictionary does not have a definition for chuffed, but
has two for chuff. They are as follows:
1. NOUN: A rude, insensitive person; a boor.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English chuffe.
2. INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: chuffed, chuffing, chuffs
To produce or move with noisy puffing or explosive sounds: "Switch engines
chuffed impatiently in busy rail yards" (Robert Paul Jordan).
NOUN: A noisy puffing or explosive sound, such as one made by a locomotive.
Boy, that really clears it up...NOT!
> As a Brit, I use the phrase 'chuffed' quite often but I'm not sure of it's
> origin. I've also been known to describe someone who's 'careful' with
> as "Tight as a gnat's chuff' - again, I'm not exactly sure what a chuff is
> but I suspect it's usually kept covered...
> > > > What is "chuffed"?
> > > Pleased and proud.
> > Interesting. I've seen this term before - what is the origin of
> > it, though? Is there such a word as "chuff"?
> > --
> > David (in Hamilton, Ont)
> > "Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible."
> > Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
> > http://www.angelfire.com/nc/swstudio/home.html
> > -