chaf (plural chaffes)
- Chaff; the parts of harvested grain not usable as food, especially straw or husks.
- (figuratively) Something of little to no value or importance.
- (figuratively) An evil or immoral act or person; a sin or a practitioner of one.
- a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Matheu 3:12”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
- Whos wynewing cloth is in his hoond, and he ſhal fulli clenſe his corn flore, and ſhal gadere his whete in to his berne; but the chaffe he ſhal brenne with fier that mai not be quenchid.
- His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he'll completely clean his threshing-floor and gather up his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he'll burn with unquenchable fire.
- (rare) Waste from food other than grains; rubbish or refuse.