For the rest of his visit he amused himself at Howth, playing whist, chaffing his old friends, and catching lobsters in the bay.
I agree with you—I know all that could be said—I repeat, I am only chaffing.
Presently we came to the Mormon settlement, and here he set to chaffing me about equal privileges.
"Now," she said, "you're chaffing me," and her eyes looked loving.
But the eyes of a youth exercised in 'chaffing' the productions of one of his fellow 'men' were infinitely more critical.
Now and then there was some chaffing, good-natured if rough.
There was a summons to the class-room that stopped the chaffing.
Nana laughed good-humoredly at his chaffing her about her voice!
And so he went on, with occasional exclamatory or chaffing interruptions.
Other speakers delighted in chaffing him in order to provoke his retorts.
"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).