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chaff 1

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

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

[Possibly alteration of chafe or chaff.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.chaffy - abounding in or covered with or resembling or consisting of chaff
2.chaffy - value; "an empty chaffy book by a foolish chaffy fellow"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
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The fate of these men hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy".
The fate of these men hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals he intends sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy."
The pepper should not be too smooth but chaffy to an extent.
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, A mighty fountain momently was forced: Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail, Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail: And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever It flung up momently the sacred river.
The Wet Gunpowder Award is an Iranian symbolic award that according to organizers, is given to "ridiculous people whose chaffy character is evident to everyone and when this nature of theirs is accompanied with self-belief turns into an indefinite foolishness for them.
Phrase Line Phrase Line Phrase Line earth 18 of 47 floating 50 chaffy 22 ice 47 hair 50 sunny 36 heard 48 circle 51 Caves 36 see 48 thrice 51 Of 36 there 48 eyes 52 ice 36 should 49 holy 52 damsel 37 cry 49 dread 52 Abyssinian 39 beware (1) 49 he 53 music 45 beware (2) 49 honey 53 build 46 his (1) 50 hath 53 dome 46 flashing 50 paradise 54 air 46 eyes 50 caves 47 his (2) 50 Table 2: Softened phrases in Sheen's reading.
Evidence have shown that the SRI practices in paddy cultivation has resulted in the increase in yield as well as superior quality paddy because of its shorter crop cycle, less need for seeds and fertilizer, less chaffy grain because of higher percentage grain filling, little or no lodging from wind or rain and higher head rice recovery rate, so more milled rice from a given amount of paddy and reduced labour demand while boosting productivity.