Chaff definition

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To chaff is to tease, especially in a light-hearted way.

When you joke around with someone and tease him, this is an example of a situation where you chaff.

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To tease or ridicule in a good-natured way.
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Finely cut straw or hay used as fodder.
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Anything regarded as worthless.
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Tiny strips of metal foil used to confuse enemy radar.
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Good-natured teasing or joking; banter.
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The husks of wheat or other grain separated in threshing or winnowing.
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(bot.) The bracts that enclose the individual florets on the receptacles of certain composite heads.
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The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.

To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.

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By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.

There are plenty of good books on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.
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Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
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Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
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(intransitive) To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
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To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
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(botany) Thin dry bracts or scales, especially:
  • The dry bracts enclosing mature grains of wheat and some other cereal grasses, removed during threshing.
  • The scales or bracts borne on the receptacle among the small individual flowers of many plants in the composite family.
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Trivial or worthless matter.

Ignored the picky, unimportant criticisms that were just a lot of chaff.

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Strips of metal, foil, or glass fiber with a metal content, cut into various lengths and having varying frequency responses, that are used to reflect electromagnetic energy as a radar countermeasure. These materials, usually dropped from aircraft, also can be deployed from shells or rockets.
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To make fun of in a good-natured way; tease.

Chaffed him for forgetting the appointment.

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To engage in playful teasing.
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Good-natured teasing; banter.
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Fine-cut hay or straw, used for fodder.
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The definition of chaff refers to useless things, grain husks and fine-cut straw, or light-hearted spoken exchanges.

Trash that you do not want is an example of chaff.

Wheat grains found after threshing is an example of chaff.

Light-hearted teasing and banter is an example of chaff.

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Origin of chaff

  • Middle English chaf from Old English ceaf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly alteration of chafe or chaff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English ceaf; akin to West Frisian tsjêf, Dutch kaf, German Kaff.

    From Wiktionary