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chaff

noun \ ˈchaf \

Definition of chaff

1 : the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain
2 : something comparatively worthless
  • a few kernels of wisdom amid much discursive chaff
  • —Steven Raichlen
3 : the scales borne on the receptacle among the florets in the heads of many composite plants
4 : material (such 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)
  • planes equipped with chaff dispensers

chaffy

play \ˈcha-fē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of chaff

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

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chaff

noun

Definition of chaff

: light jesting talk : banter

Origin and Etymology of chaff

probably from 1chaff


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chaff

verb

Definition of chaff

: to tease good-naturedly

Examples of chaff in a Sentence

  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

1827

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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chaff Synonyms

Phrases

crack wise;



CHAFF Defined for Kids

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chaff

noun \ ˈchaf \

Definition of chaff for Students

1 : the husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed in threshing
2 : something worthless

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chaff

verb

Definition of chaff for Students

chaffed; chaffing
: to tease in a friendly way


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