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chaff 1

 (chăf)
n.
1. Botany Thin dry bracts or scales, especially:
a. The dry bracts enclosing mature grains of wheat and some other cereal grasses, removed during threshing.
b. The scales or bracts borne on the receptacle among the small individual flowers of many plants in the composite family.
2. Finely cut straw or hay used as fodder.
3. Trivial or worthless matter: ignored the picky, unimportant criticisms that were just a lot of chaff.
4. Strips of metal, foil, or glass fiber with a metal content, cut into various lengths and having varying frequency responses, that are used to reflect electromagnetic energy as a radar countermeasure. These materials, usually dropped from aircraft, also can be deployed from shells or rockets.

[Middle English chaf, from Old English ceaf.]

chaf′fy adj.

chaff 2

 (chăf)
v. chaffed, chaff·ing, chaffs
v.tr.
To make fun of in a good-natured way; tease: chaffed him for forgetting the appointment.
v.intr.
To engage in playful teasing.
n.
Good-natured teasing; banter.

[Possibly alteration of chafe or chaff.]

chaff

(tʃɑːf)
n
1. (Agriculture) the mass of husks, etc, separated from the seeds during threshing
2. (Agriculture) finely cut straw and hay used to feed cattle
3. something of little worth; rubbish (esp in the phrase separate the wheat from the chaff)
4. (Botany) the dry membranous bracts enclosing the flowers of certain composite plants
5. (Military) thin strips of metallic foil released into the earth's atmosphere to confuse radar signals and prevent detection
[Old English ceaf; related to Old High German keva husk]
ˈchaffy adj

chaff

(tʃɑːf)
n
light-hearted teasing or joking; banter
vb
to tease good-naturedly; banter
[C19: probably slang variant of chafe, perhaps influenced by chaff1]
ˈchaffer n

chaff1

(tʃæf, tʃɑf)

n.
1. the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing.
2. straw cut up for fodder.
3. worthless matter; refuse.
4. the membranous, usu. dry, brittle bracts of the flowers of certain plants.
5. strips of metal foil dropped by an aircraft to confuse enemy radar.
[before 1000; Middle English chaf, Old English ceaf, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, Middle High German kaf]
chaff′y, adj. -i•er, -i•est.

chaff2

(tʃæf)

v.t, v.i.
1. to tease; banter.
n.
2. good-natured teasing; raillery.
[1640–50; perhaps from chaff1]
chaff′ing•ly, adv.
chafe, chaff - To chafe means to rub until sore or worn; to chaff means to tease good-naturedly.
See also related terms for sore.

chaff

Radar confusion reflectors, consisting of thin, narrow metallic strips of various lengths and frequency responses, which are used to reflect echoes for confusion purposes. Causes enemy radar guided missiles to lock on to it instead of the real aircraft, ship, or other platform. See also deception; rope.

chaff


Past participle: chaffed
Gerund: chaffing

Imperative
chaff
chaff
Present
I chaff
you chaff
he/she/it chaffs
we chaff
you chaff
they chaff
Preterite
I chaffed
you chaffed
he/she/it chaffed
we chaffed
you chaffed
they chaffed
Present Continuous
I am chaffing
you are chaffing
he/she/it is chaffing
we are chaffing
you are chaffing
they are chaffing
Present Perfect
I have chaffed
you have chaffed
he/she/it has chaffed
we have chaffed
you have chaffed
they have chaffed
Past Continuous
I was chaffing
you were chaffing
he/she/it was chaffing
we were chaffing
you were chaffing
they were chaffing
Past Perfect
I had chaffed
you had chaffed
he/she/it had chaffed
we had chaffed
you had chaffed
they had chaffed
Future
I will chaff
you will chaff
he/she/it will chaff
we will chaff
you will chaff
they will chaff
Future Perfect
I will have chaffed
you will have chaffed
he/she/it will have chaffed
we will have chaffed
you will have chaffed
they will have chaffed
Future Continuous
I will be chaffing
you will be chaffing
he/she/it will be chaffing
we will be chaffing
you will be chaffing
they will be chaffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chaffing
you have been chaffing
he/she/it has been chaffing
we have been chaffing
you have been chaffing
they have been chaffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chaffing
you will have been chaffing
he/she/it will have been chaffing
we will have been chaffing
you will have been chaffing
they will have been chaffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chaffing
you had been chaffing
he/she/it had been chaffing
we had been chaffing
you had been chaffing
they had been chaffing
Conditional
I would chaff
you would chaff
he/she/it would chaff
we would chaff
you would chaff
they would chaff
Past Conditional
I would have chaffed
you would have chaffed
he/she/it would have chaffed
we would have chaffed
you would have chaffed
they would have chaffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chaff - material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seedschaff - material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
bran - broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
plant material, plant substance - material derived from plants
2.chaff - foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure
foil - a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
Verb1.chaff - be silly or tease one anotherchaff - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
bait, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, razz, twit, tease, cod, rag, rally, ride - harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

chaff

noun husks, remains, refuse, waste, hulls, rubbish, trash, dregs The harvester separates the straw and chaff from the grain.

chaff

verb
To tease or mock good-humoredly:
Informal: kid, rib, ride.
Slang: jive, rag, razz.
noun
Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
Translations
מוץ
pljeva
pelyva
pleavă
pleva
pleva

chaff

[tʃɑːf]
A. N
1. (= husks) → cascarilla f, ahechaduras fpl; (= animal food) → pienso m, forraje m
see also wheat
2. (fig) → paja f
B. VTzumbarse de, tomar el pelo a

chaff

1
n
(= husks of grain)Spreu f ? wheat
(= straw)Häcksel m or nt

chaff

2
n (= banter: also chaffing) → Scherze pl, → Flachserei f (inf)
vtaufziehen (about mit)

chaff

[tʃɑːf] n (husks) → pula, loppa; (animal food) → foraggio
References in classic literature ?
Haley, notwithstanding that he was a very old bird, and naturally inclined to be suspicious of chaff, was rather brought up by this view of the case.
Wilson winced under this nagging and not very courteous chaff, and the twins suffered with him and for him.
Her idea of pleasure was an ever-changing circle of admirers to fetch and carry for her, the more publicly the better; incessant chaff and laughter and vivacious conversation, made eloquent and effective by arch looks and telling glances.
The favour was too much to bear; in an instant the barrier of dust and chaff that had stood surprisingly long, went to the winds, and Saint Antoine had got him!
Drummle upon this, informed our host that he much preferred our room to our company, and that as to skill he was more than our master, and that as to strength he could scatter us like chaff.
my dream of universal irresistibility was but short-lived, for next afternoon, as William and I sat out at some cafe together, I found myself the object of chaff.
While thus he spake, th' Angelic Squadron bright Turnd fierie red, sharpning in mooned hornes Thir Phalanx, and began to hemm him round With ported Spears, as thick as when a field Of CERES ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded Grove of ears, which way the wind Swayes them; the careful Plowman doubting stands Least on the threshing floore his hopeful sheaves Prove chaff.
Agatha knew by experience that though a weak woman cannot understand why her stronger sister should wish to lean upon her, she may triumph in the fact without understanding it, and give chaff instead of consolation.
The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend.
See how the lordlings come to make game of the village girls now, as if we here could not chaff as well as themselves.
He looked at me and said, "My friend John, when the corn is grown, even before it has ripened, while the milk of its mother earth is in him, and the sunshine has not yet begun to paint him with his gold, the husbandman he pull the ear and rub him between his rough hands, and blow away the green chaff, and say to you, 'Look
But he determined to chaff Fix, when he had the chance, with mysterious allusions, which, however, need not betray his real suspicions.