- 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 chaffing
He felt that she was chaffing him, and he did not want to be chaffed by her.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Nana laughed good-humoredly at his chaffing her about her voice!
Daguenet scrutinized her slyly, sneering in his chaffing way.
But here she was, chaffing the colonel and chattering childish jargon to Anne.The Prisoner
Other speakers delighted in chaffing him in order to provoke his retorts.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- 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 chaffing
"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.