- 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.
Origin of chaff2
Examples from the Web for chaffed
He felt that she was chaffing him, and he did not want to be chaffed by her.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He chaffed Margaret too, and Margaret roused from a grave meditation was pleased and chaffed him back.Howards End
E. M. Forster
He chaffed his father and even Anne, and left Lydia out, to her own pain.The Prisoner
I mentioned it at the Club, and when old Charley turned up he was chaffed by the others.Australia Revenged
In the company of his fellows he was either neglected or chaffed.Tales Of Hearsay
- 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
Word Origin and History for chaffed
"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.