• (RP) IPA: /tʃæf/, /tʃɑːf/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃæf/

chaff (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
  3. (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
  4. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
  5. (military) Loose material, e.g. small strips of aluminum foil dropped from aircraft, intended to interfere with radar detection.
    Synonyms: window
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  • Russian: отбро́сы
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chaff (chaffs, present participle chaffing; past and past participle chaffed)

  1. (intransitive) To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
  2. (transitive) To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.

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