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Old English , akin to ceaf West Frisian , tsjêf Dutch , kaf German . Kaff
chaff ( ) uncountable
inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.
So take the corn and leave the
chaff behind. By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything
There are plenty of good books on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff.
chaff and ruin of the times Loose material dropped from
aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful. Light jesting talk;
Derived terms Edit
inedible parts of grain plant
excess or unwanted material
straw or hay cut up for cattle food
chaff ( third-person singular simple present , chaffs present participle , chaffing simple past and past participle ) chaffed
( intransitive ) To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
( transitive ) To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
to use idle language to ridicule