Meaning of CHAFF in English


I. ˈchaf noun

Etymology: Middle English chaf, from Old English ceaf; akin to Old High German cheva husk

Date: before 12th century

1. : the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain

2. : something comparatively worthless

3. : the scales borne on the receptacle among the florets in the heads of many composite plants

4. : material (as strips of foil or clusters of fine wires) ejected into the air for reflecting radar waves (as for confusing an enemy's radar detection)

• chaffy ˈcha-fē adjective

II. noun

Etymology: probably from chaff (I)

Date: 1821

: light jesting talk : banter

III. verb

Date: 1827

transitive verb

: to tease good-naturedly

intransitive verb

: jest , banter

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.