What does chaff mean?

Definitions for chaff
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble(noun)

    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

  2. chaff(verb)

    foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure

  3. kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter(verb)

    be silly or tease one another

    "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

Wiktionary

  1. chaff(Noun)

    The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.

    To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.

  2. chaff(Noun)

    By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.

    There are plenty of good websites on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  3. chaff(Noun)

    Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.

  4. chaff(Verb)

    To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.

  5. chaff(Verb)

    To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chaff(noun)

    the glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  2. Chaff(noun)

    anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  3. Chaff(noun)

    straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  4. Chaff(noun)

    light jesting talk; banter; raillery

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  5. Chaff(noun)

    the scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Compositae, as the sunflower

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  6. Chaff(verb)

    to use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

  7. Chaff(verb)

    to make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz

    Etymology: [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]

Freebase

  1. Chaff

    Chaff is the dry, scaly protective casings of the seeds of cereal grain, or similar fine, dry, scaly plant material such as scaly parts of flowers, or finely chopped straw. Chaff is inedible for humans, but livestock can eat it and in agriculture it is used as livestock fodder, or is a waste material ploughed into the soil or burnt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chaff

    chaf, n. a general name for the husks of corn or other grain as threshed or winnowed: refuse, or worthless matter: light banter, badinage.—v.t. to banter, or tease, by some raillery.—ns. Chaff′-cut′ter, Chaff′-en′gine, a machine for cutting straw or hay into chaff.—n. and p.adj. Chaff′ing.—adv. Chaff′ingly.—adjs. Chaff′less; Chaff′y. [A.S. ceaf; cf. Dut. kaf.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. 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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Chaff

    A corruption of chafe, to make hot with anger, as heat may be produced by friction.

How to pronounce chaff?

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    Karen
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How to say chaff in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaff in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of chaff in a Sentence

  1. The Hitopadesa:

    To address a judicious remark to a thoughtless man is a mere threshing of chaff.

  2. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.:

    Newpaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.

  3. Unknown:

    A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

  4. David Garofalo:

    Right now we're trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  5. Arabic Proverb:

    A friend is one to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keeping what is worth keeping, and, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

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