- The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
- cot en
- To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.
- So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.
- Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
- (figurative) Any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ix]:
- the chaff and ruin of the times
- Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
- (military) Loose material, e.g. small strips of aluminum foil dropped from aircraft, intended to interfere with radar detection.
- Synonyms: window
- French: balle, bale
- German: Spreu, Spelze
- Italian: pula
- Portuguese: moinha, palha
- Russian: мяки́на
- Spanish: paja, barcia, (Mexico) bagazo
- Russian: отбро́сы
- German: Düppel
- Spanish: pienso
chaff (chaffs, present participle chaffing; past and past participle chaffed)
- (intransitive) To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
- (transitive) To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.