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chaff Explained

chaff at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


chaff at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. ceaf, from P.Gmc. *kaf-, *kef-. Chaffinch (Fringilla c?ilebs) is O.E. ceaffinc. ///

chaff at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Language: Old English; Origin: ceaf]//
1 the outer seed covers that are separated from grain before it is used as food:
2 dried grasses and plant stems that are used for food for farm animals: separate the wheat from the chaff at wheat(2)//

chaff at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

198 Moby Thesaurus words for "chaff":
afterglow, afterimage, air, aluminum foil, badinage, balance,
banter, bark, barrack, bones, bran, bric-a-brac, bubble, butt,
butt end, candle ends, capsule, case, cattle, chicken feed,
chickenshit, chip, cobweb, cork, corn shuck, cornhusk, culm,
cut at, deadwood, debris, details, detritus, dig at, dishwater,
down, draff, dregs, dregs of society, dump on, dust, end, ether,
exchange, fag end, fairy, feather, filings, fleer, flout, flue,
fluff, foam, fooling, fooling around, fossil, froth, fun, fuzz,
garbage, gash, gibe, gimcrackery, give-and-take,
good-natured banter, gossamer, harmless teasing, haze, hogwash,
holdover, hull, husk, husks, jab, jab at, jacket, jape, jeer, jest,
jive, joke, joking, jolly, josh, joshing, kid, kidding,
kidding around, knickknackery, leavings, lees, leftovers, minutiae,
mock, mote, needle, odds and ends, offal, offscourings, offscum,
orts, palea, parings, peanuts, peel, persiflage, pleasantry, pod,
pooh, pooh-pooh, potsherds, put down, put on, raff, rag, ragging,
rags, rail at, raillery, rally, rallying, rank out, raspings, razz,
refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum,
rest, revile, rib, ride, ridicule, riffraff, rind, roach, roast,
rubbish, ruins, rump, sawdust, scoff, scourings, scout, scrap iron,
scraps, scum, shadow, shards, shavings, shell, shuck, skin, slack,
slag, slam, slap at, slop, slops, small beer, small change, sneer,
sneer at, sordes, sponge, sport, spume, straw, stubble, stump,
survival, sweepings, swill, swinish multitude, swipe, tares, taunt,
tease, teasing, thistledown, tinfoil, trace, trash, trifles,
trivia, trumpery, twit, twitting, vermin, vestige, wastage, waste,
waste matter, wastepaper, weeds, window

Chaff at English => English (Eastons 1897 Bible) Of Explained:

, neap, compact, contractile, compressible, smaller.

[N] (Contraction): contraction, reduction, diminution, decrease of size, defalcation, decrement, lessening, shrinking, compaction, collapse, emaciation, attenuation, consumption, atrophy, condensation, compression, compactness, compendium, squeezing, strangulation, astringency, astringent, compressibility.

[ADJ] (Contraction): contracting, astringent, reduced, shrunk, contracted, strangulated, wizened, stunted, waning, neap, compact, con

chaff at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
noun [U]
1 the outer covering of the seeds of grain such as wheat, which is separated from the grain before it is eaten
2 STRAW (= the dried stems of wheat) and HAY (= dried grass) cut up as food for cows
verb [VN] (old-fashioned or formal) to make jokes about sb in a friendly way

Chaff at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Chaff \Chaff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to

Chaff \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.

A dozen honest fellows . . . chaffed each other about
their sweethearts. --C. Kingsley.

Chaff \Chaff\, n. [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]
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.

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 Composit[ae], as
the sunflower. --Gray.

{Chaff cutter}, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into
``chaff'' for the use of cattle.

chaff at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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}]

chaff at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: Webster 191 » 3
Inter: etyl » ang ceaf; akin to West Frisian tsjêf, Category: w - :Dutch language|Dutch kaf, Category: w - :German language|German Kaff.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /tʃæf/|/tʃɑːf/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /tʃæf/
  • Inter: rhymes » æf


    Inter: en-noun » -

  • The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
    1. : To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.
    2. By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
    3. : There are plenty of good websites on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff.
    4. Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.

      Derived terms

      * separate the wheat from the chaff

      See also

      * bran


      Inter: trans-top » inedible parts of grain plant

  • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|byk|m
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|դարման|tr=darman, Inter: t- » hy|հարդ|tr=hard
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|мякіна|f|tr=mjakína|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » be|плевел|m|tr=pljévjel|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|плява|f|tr=pljáva
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|pallús|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|秕糠|tr=bǐkāng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|穀殼|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|谷壳|tr=gǔké|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|穀糠|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|谷糠|tr=gǔkāng|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|pleva|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kaf
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|akana|p|alt=akanat
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|balle|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Spreu|f, Inter: t- » de|Spelze|f
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|מוץ|tr=mótz
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|pelyva
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|籾殻|tr=もみがら, momigara|sc=Jpan
  • Luxembourgish: Inter: t- » lb|Kuef|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|плева|f|tr=pléva
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|plewy|f|p, Inter: t- » pl|sieczka|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|moinha|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|pleavă|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|мякина|f|sc=Cyrl|tr=mjakína, Inter: t+ » ru|плевел|m|tr=plével|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|сечка|f|tr=séčka|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|полова|f|tr=polóva|sc=Cyrl
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|плева|f, Inter: t- » sh|пљева|f
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|pleva|f, Inter: t- » sh|pljeva|f
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|pleva|f
    • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|pleva|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|barcia|f, Inter: qualifier » Mexico Inter: t+ » es|bagazo|m
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|wishwa
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|agn|c
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|полова|f|tr=polóva|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » uk|січка|f|tr=síčka|sc=Cyrl
    • West Frisian: Inter: t- » fy|tsjêf|n

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » excess or unwanted material
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|плява|f|tr=pljáva
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kaf
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|akana|p|alt=akanat
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|滓|tr=かす, kasu|sc=Jpan
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|отбросы|m|p|tr=otbrósy

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|плева|f, Inter: t- » sh|пљева|f
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|pleva|f, Inter: t- » sh|pljeva|f
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|wishwa

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: intransitiv » e To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.


      Inter: trans-top » to use idle language to ridicule

  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|irvailla, Inter: t- » fi|vinoilla

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|からかう|tr=karakau|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to make fun of
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|plagen
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|irvailla, Inter: t- » fi|vinoilla

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|からかう|tr=karakau|sc=Jpan

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
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    Translation: lt » chaff
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    Translation: ml » chaff
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    Translation: zh » chaff