Straw vs Chaff - What's the difference?
As a proper noun straw
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.
(countable) A dried stalk of a cereal plant.
(uncountable) Such dried stalks considered collectively.
(countable) A drinking straw.
a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
(figurative) Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing.
*XIX c. , recorded by Francis James Child,
*:‘For thy sword and thy bow I care not a straw ,
*:Nor all thine arrows to boot;
*:If I get a knop upon thy bare scop,
*:Thou canst as well shite as shoote.’
*1857 , Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers :
*:He also decided, which was more to his purpose, that Eleanor did not care a straw for him, and that very probably she did care a straw for his rival.
*1881 , :
*:To be deeply interested in the accidents of our existence, to enjoy keenly the mixed texture of human experience, rather leads a man to disregard precautions, and risk his neck against a straw .
Made of straw.
Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
- straw hat
* cheese straw
* drinking straw
* draw the short straw
* grasp at straws
* the last straw
* the final straw
* make bricks without straw
* man of straw
* pine straw
* silly straw
* straw boss
* straw buyer
* straw hat
* straw in the wind
* straw man
* straw mushroom
* straw poll
* the straw that broke the camel's back
* straw that stirs the drink
* straw vote
* straw wine
* corn dolly
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.
By extension, any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
- So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.
- There are plenty of good books on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff .
Loose material dropped from aircraft specifically to interfere with radar detection.
Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
- the chaff and ruin of the times
Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
- By adding chaff' to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way ' chaff is very useful.
* separate the wheat from the chaff
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.