Meaning of CHAFF in English


I. ˈchaf, -aa(ə)f, -aif, -ȧf noun

( -s )

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

1. : the glumes, husks, or other seed coverings or small pieces of stems or leaves (as of grains and grasses) separated from the seed in threshing or processing

2. : straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle

3. : something comparatively light and worthless : a worthless or useless product of an endeavor

in the book are a few practical suggestions; all else is chaff

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

5. : window 4

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to cut into chaff



variant of chafe

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from chaff (I)

: light jesting talk : banter , teasing, raillery

no end of chaff about my way of speaking — G.B.Shaw

V. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably from chaff (IV)

transitive verb

: to make fun of in a good-natured way : tease good-naturedly

they chaffed me for leaving so early — Lucien Price

intransitive verb

: to make fun of or joke about someone or something : jest , banter

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