Word of the DayMonday, February 02, 2009
\chaf\ , noun, verb;
the stiff strawlike part of grains such as wheat, oats, rye
to make good-natured fun of someone
worthless material; detritus
Chaff is separated from the grain by threshing.
It's hard to separate the chaff from the wheat sometimes.
The kids chaffed the exchange student for her mistakes in grammar.
c 1000, Old English ceaf, from Proto-Germanic *kaf-, *kef-. Chaffinch (Fringilla cælebs) is Old English ceaffinc
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