Grist vs Chaff - What's the difference?

grist | chaff |

As a proper noun grist

is .

As a noun chaff is

the inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.

As a verb chaff is

to use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.




  • Grain that is to be ground in a mill.
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  • (obsolete) A group of bees.
  • (colloquial, obsolete) Supply; provision.
  • (Jonathan Swift)
  • (ropemaking) A given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.
  • (Knight)

    Derived terms

    * grist mill / gristmill * it's all grist to the mill


    * * English collective nouns ----




  • The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
  • To separate out the chaff , early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.
  • * Dryden
  • So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.
  • By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
  • There are plenty of good books on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff .
  • * Shakespeare
  • the chaff and ruin of the times
  • Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.
  • Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
  • * Wyatt
  • By adding chaff' to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way ' chaff is very useful.
  • Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
  • Derived terms

    * separate the wheat from the chaff

    See also

    * bran


    (en verb)
  • To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
  • To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.