Definition and Meanings for chaff

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Chaff is ranked 43,115 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of chaff

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb

Etymology of chaff

ac. ceaf; akin to d. kaf, g. kaff

Meaning of chaff


as noun

  • the glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc.
  • anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything.
  • straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
  • light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
  • the scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many composit, as the sunflower.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

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

as transitive verb

  • to make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
  • No antonyms for chaff

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