Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chuffed adj.

also chuft
[16C SE chuff, swollen out or puffed with fat, or the muzzle of an animal]

1. annoyed, disgruntled.

S. Wales General Advertiser 29 Nov. 2/6: After his return from Balmoral, having been met in Parliament and chuffed (excuse the slang, but 1 know no word so appropriate) about the miserable state of affairs in Africa.

2. (orig. milit.) very pleased, delighted, happy; often dead chuffed or ext. to chuffed to fuck, chuffed to arseholes, chuffed to buggery etc.

[UK]P. Wildeblood Main Chance 163: Aren’t you pleased? There’s not many kids of your age what owns a factory. You ought to be dead chuffed about it [OED].
[UK]C. Lee diary 4 July in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 131: I’m not sure why everyone’s so chuffed. I mean, it’s only crossing the equator.
[UK]F. Norman in Encounter Mar. in Norman’s London (1969) 74: Magazines or no magazines, I was very chuft to have it away a bit lively.
[UK]C. Wood ‘Prisoner and Escort’ in Cockade (1965) I ii: He was no doubt highly chuffed.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 151: He was still so chuffed at having made the bloody and ragged break from his former life.
[UK]S. Caudwell Shortest Way to Hades (1986) 80: Oh, like a shot – chuffed as chocolate about it.
[SA]R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 280: I was so chuffed that I gave them my beloved cassette tape of Fosatu Worker Choruses.
[Ire]P. McCabe Breakfast on Pluto 107: Was I chuffed when he said that. How much I cannot tell you, because it meant so much to me too.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 214: They were really chuffed to hear that I’d kept out of trouble.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 45: So ah’m left on ma tod, but ah’m quite chuffed aboot it.
[UK]V. McDermid Insidious Intent (2018) 210: ‘Eloise and me, we were really chuffed’.