Chaff
Chaff Chaff, n. [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.] [1913 Webster] 1. The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc. [1913 Webster]

So take the corn and leave the chaff behind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Old birds are not caught with caff. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything. [1913 Webster]

The chaff and ruin of the times. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle. [1913 Webster]

By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful. --Ywatt. [1913 Webster]

4. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bot.) The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Composit[ae], as the sunflower. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

{Chaff cutter}, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into ``chaff'' for the use of cattle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • chaff — chaff·ing·ly; chaff·less; chaff; chiff·chaff; …   English syllables

  • chaff — Ⅰ. chaff [1] ► NOUN 1) the husks of grain or other seed separated by winnowing or threshing. 2) chopped hay and straw used as fodder. ● separate (or sort) the wheat from the chaff Cf. ↑sort the wheat from the chaff …   English terms dictionary

  • Chaff — Chaff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chaffing}.] To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chaff — Chaff, v. t. To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz. [1913 Webster] Morgan saw that his master was chaffing him. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] A dozen honest fellows . . . chaffed each other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chaff — [tʃa:f US tʃæf] n [U] [: Old English; Origin: ceaf] 1.) the outer seed covers that are separated from grain before it is used as food 2.) dried grasses and plant stems that are used for food for farm animals →separate the wheat from the chaff at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chaff — [n] waste crust, debris, dregs, husks, pod, refuse, remains, rubbish, shard, shell, trash; concept 679 chaff [v] joke, ridicule banter, deride, fun, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, mock, rag*, rally, razz*, rib*, scoff, taunt, tease; concept 273 …   New thesaurus

  • chaff — index jape, mock (deride), ridicule Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • chaff — (n.) husks, O.E. ceaf, probably from P.Gmc. *kaf to gnaw, chew (Cf. M.Du. kaf, Ger. Kaff), from PIE root *gep(h) jaw, mouth …   Etymology dictionary

  • chaff — vb *banter, kid, rag, jolly, rib, josh Analogous words: tease, tantalize, *worry: *ridicule, deride, twit, taunt …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • chaff — [chaf, chäf] n. [ME chaf < OE ceaf; akin to MDu caf, Ger kaff] 1. the husks of wheat or other grain separated in threshing or winnowing 2. fine cut hay or straw, used for fodder 3. anything regarded as worthless 4. tiny strips of metal foil… …   English World dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”