from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany Thin dry bracts or scales, especially:
- n. Botany The dry bracts enclosing mature grains of wheat and some other cereal grasses, removed during threshing.
- n. Botany The scales or bracts borne on the receptacle among the small individual flowers of many plants in the composite family.
- n. Finely cut straw or hay used as fodder.
- n. Trivial or worthless matter: ignored the picky, unimportant criticisms that were just a lot of chaff.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To make fun of in a good-natured way; tease.
- intransitive v. To engage in playful teasing. See Synonyms at banter.
- n. Good-natured teasing; banter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
- n. By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
- n. Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.
- v. To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
- v. To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc.
- n. Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything.
- n. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
- n. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
- n. The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Compositæ, as the sunflower.
- intransitive v. To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
- transitive v. To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The glumes or husks of wheat, oats, or other grain and grasses, especially when separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing.
- n. Straw cut small for the food of cattle.
- n. Figuratively, paltry refuse; worthless matter, especially that which is light and apt to be driven by the wind.
- n. In botany, the scales or bracts which subtend the individual flowers in the heads of many Compositæ.
- n. A name among fishermen for the finer kinds of seaweed.
- To assail with sarcastic banter or raillery; banter; make game of; ridicule; tease; quiz; worry. [Colloq.]
- Synonyms See taunt.
- To use bantering or ironical language by way of ridicule, teasing, or quizzing.
- n. Banter; sarcastic or teasing raillery.
- To cut into chaff. See chaff, n., 2.
- To mix with chaff.
- To furnish with chaff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
- n. foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure
- v. be silly or tease one another
Middle English chaf, from Old English ceaf.
Possibly alteration of chafe or chaff1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)