chaff

1 [chaf, chahf]
noun
1.
the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing.
2.
straw cut up for fodder.
3.
worthless matter; refuse.
4.
the membranous, usually dry, brittle bracts of the flowers of certain plants.
5.
Also called window. Military. strips of metal foil dropped by an aircraft to confuse enemy radar by creating false blips.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English chaf, Old English ceaf; cognate with Middle Low German, Dutch kaf

chaffless, adjective
chafflike, adjective
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chaff

2 [chaf, chahf]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to mock, tease, or jest in a good-natured way; banter: She chaffed him for working late. They joked and chaffed with each other.
noun
2.
good-natured ridicule or teasing; raillery.

Origin:
1640–50; perhaps from chaff1

chaffingly, adverb
unchaffed, adjective
unchaffing, adjective
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chaff1 (tʃɑːf)
 
n
1.  the mass of husks, etc, separated from the seeds during threshing
2.  finely cut straw and hay used to feed cattle
3.  something of little worth; rubbish (esp in the phrase separate the wheat from the chaff)
4.  the dry membranous bracts enclosing the flowers of certain composite plants
5.  thin strips of metallic foil released into the earth's atmosphere to confuse radar signals and prevent detection
 
[Old English ceaf; related to Old High German keva husk]
 
'chaffy1
 
adj

chaff2 (tʃɑːf)
 
n
1.  light-hearted teasing or joking; banter
 
vb
2.  to tease good-naturedly; banter
 
[C19: probably slang variant of chafe, perhaps influenced by chaff1]
 
'chaffer2
 
n

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chaff
O.E. ceaf, from P.Gmc. *kaf-, *kef-.
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Chaff definition


the refuse of winnowed corn. It was usually burned (Ex. 15:7; Isa. 5:24; Matt. 3:12). This word sometimes, however, means dried grass or hay (Isa. 5:24; 33:11). Chaff is used as a figure of abortive wickedness (Ps. 1:4; Matt. 3:12). False doctrines are also called chaff (Jer. 23:28), or more correctly rendered "chopped straw." The destruction of the wicked, and their powerlessness, are likened to the carrying away of chaff by the wind (Isa. 17:13; Hos. 13:3; Zeph. 2:2).

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Example sentences
Found in his apparel were traces of wheat chaff and husks of barley.
People were hungry, reduced to eating chaff and weeds.
It's heartening to see only one piece of chaff in the wheat here.
Allow grits to settle in saucepan, then skim off chaff and hulls that float to
  surface.
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