1. The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc.
So take the corn and leave the chaff behind. --Dryden.
Old birds are not caught with caff. --Old Proverb.
2. Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything.
The chaff and ruin of the times. --Shak.
3. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful. --Ywatt.
4. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
5. Bot. The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Compositæ, as the sunflower.
Chaff cutter, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into “chaff” for the use of cattle.
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.
Chaff, v. t. To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
Morgan saw that his master was chaffing him. --Thackeray.
A dozen honest fellows . . . chaffed each other about their sweethearts. --C. Kingsley.
n 1: material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of
stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
[syn: husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble]
2: foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar
v : be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just
kidded around" [syn: kid, jolly, josh, banter]
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).