noun \ˈchif\

Definition of chiff



  1. :  the initial sound made by air leaving the mouth of a wind instrument (such as an organ flue pipe or a flute) at the attack (see 2attack 5) of a note The chiff is a sudden, short-lived burst of upper harmonics that occurs whenever an organ key is depressed and a note is sounded. — Joel Naumann and James D. Wagoner, Analog Electronic Music Techniques, 1985 —called also articulation

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Origin and Etymology of chiff


First Known Use: 1937

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a trip made at another's expense

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