• adjective delighted, pleased. The word’s meaning stretches from flattered to excited. It probably originates in northern English dialect (meaning puffed-up and proud) and is still most frequently heard in the North and Midlands. Embellished forms are ‘dead chuffed’, ‘chuffed pink’ and ‘chuffed to arseholes’. The TV soap opera Coronation Street, which is set in the north of England, has ‘chuffed to little mint-balls’.