Definition of chaff noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɑːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæf//
    [uncountable] Crops
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  1. 1the outer covering of the seeds of grain such as wheat, which is separated from the grain before it is eaten See related entries: Crops
  2. 2straw (= dried stems of wheat) and hay (= dried grass) cut up as food for cows See related entries: Crops
  3. Word Originnoun Old English cæf, ceaf, probably from a Germanic base meaning ‘gnaw’; related to Dutch kaf.Idioms
    sort out/separate the wheat from the chaff
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    to distinguish useful or valuable people or things from ones that are not useful or have no value We sifted through the application forms to separate the wheat from the chaff. See related entries: Crops

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