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 for chaff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chaff \Chaff\, n. [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]
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     1. The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from
        the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc.
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              So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.
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              Old birds are not caught with caff.   --Old Proverb.
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     2. Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character;
        the refuse part of anything.
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              The chaff and ruin of the times.      --Shak.
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     3. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
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              By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take
              more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very
              useful.                               --Ywatt.
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     4. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
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     5. (Bot.) The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which
        subtend each flower in the heads of many Composit[ae], as
        the sunflower. --Gray.
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     Chaff cutter, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into
        "chaff" for the use of cattle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chaff \Chaff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chaffed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chaff \Chaff\, v. t.
     To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in
     ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
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           Morgan saw that his master was chaffing him.
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           A dozen honest fellows . . . chaffed each other about
           their sweethearts.                       --C. Kingsley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of
           stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
           [syn: chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw,
      2: foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar
      v 1: be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just
           kidded around" [syn: kid, chaff, jolly, josh,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  198 Moby Thesaurus words for "chaff":
     afterglow, afterimage, air, aluminum foil, badinage, balance,
     banter, bark, barrack, bones, bran, bric-a-brac, bubble, butt,
     butt end, candle ends, capsule, case, cattle, chicken feed,
     chickenshit, chip, cobweb, cork, corn shuck, cornhusk, culm,
     cut at, deadwood, debris, details, detritus, dig at, dishwater,
     down, draff, dregs, dregs of society, dump on, dust, end, ether,
     exchange, fag end, fairy, feather, filings, fleer, flout, flue,
     fluff, foam, fooling, fooling around, fossil, froth, fun, fuzz,
     garbage, gash, gibe, gimcrackery, give-and-take,
     good-natured banter, gossamer, harmless teasing, haze, hogwash,
     holdover, hull, husk, husks, jab, jab at, jacket, jape, jeer, jest,
     jive, joke, joking, jolly, josh, joshing, kid, kidding,
     kidding around, knickknackery, leavings, lees, leftovers, minutiae,
     mock, mote, needle, odds and ends, offal, offscourings, offscum,
     orts, palea, parings, peanuts, peel, persiflage, pleasantry, pod,
     pooh, pooh-pooh, potsherds, put down, put on, raff, rag, ragging,
     rags, rail at, raillery, rally, rallying, rank out, raspings, razz,
     refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum,
     rest, revile, rib, ride, ridicule, riffraff, rind, roach, roast,
     rubbish, ruins, rump, sawdust, scoff, scourings, scout, scrap iron,
     scraps, scum, shadow, shards, shavings, shell, shuck, skin, slack,
     slag, slam, slap at, slop, slops, small beer, small change, sneer,
     sneer at, sordes, sponge, sport, spume, straw, stubble, stump,
     survival, sweepings, swill, swinish multitude, swipe, tares, taunt,
     tease, teasing, thistledown, tinfoil, trace, trash, trifles,
     trivia, trumpery, twit, twitting, vermin, vestige, wastage, waste,
     waste matter, wastepaper, weeds, window

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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).

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