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

 

chaff

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tʃɑːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæf//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chaff
BrE BrE//tʃɑːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæf//
 
he / she / it chaffs
BrE BrE//tʃɑːfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæfs//
 
past simple chaffed
BrE BrE//tʃɑːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæft//
 
past participle chaffed
BrE BrE//tʃɑːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæft//
 
-ing form chaffing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæfɪŋ//
 
 
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chaff somebody (old-fashioned or formal) to make jokes about somebody in a friendly way synonym tease Word Originverb early 19th cent.: perhaps from chafe.