Straw vs Chaff - What's the difference?

straw | chaff |


As a proper noun straw

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.

straw

English

Noun

  • (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 .
  • Derived terms

    * * strawberry

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Made of straw.
  • straw hat
  • Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
  • Derived terms

    * cheese straw * drinking straw * draw the short straw * grasp at straws * jackstraw * 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 * strawboard * straw-coloured * strawflower * strawworm * windlestraw

    See also

    * balibuntal * buntal * corn dolly * etiolated * fescue * huarache * leghorn * paillasse * paillette * pallet * parabuntal * rick * sacaton * skep * stipule * stubble * zori *

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    chaff

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • 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

    Verb

    (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.