noun \ˈchaf\

Definition of CHAFF

:  the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain
:  something comparatively worthless
:  the scales borne on the receptacle among the florets in the heads of many composite plants
:  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

Origin of CHAFF

Middle English chaf, from Old English ceaf; akin to Old High German cheva husk
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with CHAFF



Definition of CHAFF

:  light jesting talk :  banter

Origin of CHAFF

probably from 1chaff
First Known Use: 1821



Definition of CHAFF

transitive verb
:  to tease good-naturedly
intransitive verb
:  jest, banter

Examples of CHAFF

  1. <chaffed her about the brightly colored shirt she had received as a gift>
  2. <a coworker who likes to chaff at others' expense, and this often results in hurt feelings>

First Known Use of CHAFF


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