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  • v. Present participle of chaff.
  • n. The act by which somebody is chaffed; a teasing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The use of light, frivolous language by way of fun or ridicule; raillery; banter.


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  • Very fond of what is called chaffing, in his dealings with men, he never found himself on a sofa beside a member of the softer sex without feeling extremely serious.

    The American

  • DOBBS: Well, I'm still kind of chaffing at the idea that they can't ask one another questions, and offer rebuttal to one another's statement.

    CNN Transcript Sep 30, 2004

  • Bill glanced hastily about him, expecting the shouts of laughter and good-natured chaffing which is the inevitable aftermath of the clumsy misadventure of a riverman.

    The Promise A Tale of the Great Northwest

  • He doesn't understand the sort of "chaffing" that we do so much at home, and he is slow to get an idea; but once it's fixed in his mind, you needn't think he's going to change, -- it's there for the rest of his natural life.

    We Ten Or, The Story of the Roses

  • In the course of their "chaffing" they came to a spot about four miles from Paris, Illinois, where they saw a pig stuck in the mud and squealing lustily.

    The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln

  • He found the restaurant just shutting, and Daddy apparently on the wing for the 'White Horse' parlour, to judge from the relief which showed in Dora's worn look as she saw her father lay down his hat and stick again and fall 'chaffing' with David.

    The History of David Grieve

  • David had hardly time to amuse himself with the 'chaffing' of

    The History of David Grieve

  • The little diary contained also the entry of Geoffrey French's visit -- a long week-end, during which as far as Lucy could remember, Helena and he had never ceased "chaffing" from morning till night, and Helena had certainly never given him any opportunity for love-making.


  • She touched Madame de Netteville's cheek with her lips, nodding to the other men present, and went out, her fair stag-like head well in the air, 'chaffing' Lord Rupert, who obediently followed her, performing marvellous feats of agility in his desire to keep out of the way of the superb train sweeping behind her.

    Robert Elsmere

  • A group of girls who had been singing together, turned round upon him, 'chaffing' him with shrill voices and outstretched necks, like a flock of young cackling geese, while he, holding himself erect, threw them back flinty words and glances, hitting at every stroke, striding past them with the port of a young king.



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  • (noun) - In some counties, when a man has been guilty of inflicting personal chastisement upon his wife, it was customary for his neighbours to empty a sack or two of chaff in front of the offender's door to signify that thrashing had been done there. This is called chaffing. --Eliezer Edwards' Words, Facts, and Phrases, 1882

    April 22, 2018