has the general colloquial meaning ‘pleased, delighted’:

• You were pleased at the time. Chuffed in fact. —Paul Scott, 1977.

In some local uses in the UK the word also means the exact opposite, ‘displeased, disgruntled’:

• Don't let on they're after you, see, or she'll be dead chuffed, see? —C. Dale, 1964.

The explanation seems to be that the two meanings reflect different uses of the dialect word chuff, which means ‘proud, conceited’ in some parts of the country and ‘ill-tempered, surly’ in others.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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