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chaff

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noun \ˈchaf\

Definition of chaff

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

  2. 2 :  something comparatively worthless

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

  4. 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 play \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


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chaff

noun

Definition of chaff

  1. :  light jesting talk :  banter



Origin of chaff

probably from 1chaff


First Known Use: 1821


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chaff

verb

Definition of chaff

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to tease good-naturedly

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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>



1827

First Known Use of chaff

1827




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