to mock, tease, or jest in a good-natured way; banter:
She chaffed him for working late. They joked and chaffed with each other.
good-natured ridicule or teasing; raillery.
the mass of husks, etc, separated from the seeds during threshing
finely cut straw and hay used to feed cattle
something of little worth; rubbish (esp in the phrase separate the wheat from the chaff)
the dry membranous bracts enclosing the flowers of certain composite plants
thin strips of metallic foil released into the earth’s atmosphere to confuse radar signals and prevent detection
light-hearted teasing or joking; banter
to tease good-naturedly; banter
“husks,” Old English ceaf “chaff,” probably from Proto-Germanic *kaf- “to gnaw, chew” (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch kaf, German Kaff), from PIE root *gep(h)- “jaw, mouth” (see jowl (n.1)). Used figuratively for “worthless material” from late 14c.
the refuse of winnowed corn. It was usually burned (Ex. 15:7; Isa. 5:24; Matt. 3:12). This word sometimes, however, means dried grass or hay (Isa. 5:24; 33:11). Chaff is used as a figure of abortive wickedness (Ps. 1:4; Matt. 3:12). False doctrines are also called chaff (Jer. 23:28), or more correctly rendered “chopped straw.” The destruction of the wicked, and their powerlessness, are likened to the carrying away of chaff by the wind (Isa. 17:13; Hos. 13:3; Zeph. 2:2).
consisting of, covered with, or resembling chaff.
to wear or abrade by rubbing: He chafed his shoes on the rocks. to make sore by rubbing: Her collar chafed her neck. to irritate; annoy: The dripping of the faucet chafed her nerves. to warm by rubbing: to chafe cold hands. Obsolete. to heat; make warm. to become worn or sore from rubbing: His […]
an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table. a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it. noun a vessel with a heating apparatus beneath it, for cooking or keeping food warm at […]
a member of a Bantu people of northern Tanzania. the Bantu language spoken by the Chaga.