As nouns the difference between chaff and hay
is that chaff
is the inedible parts of a grain-producing plant while hay
is (uncountable) grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder or hay
can be the name of the letter for the h
sound in pitman shorthand.
As verbs the difference between chaff and hay
is that chaff
is to use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter while hay
is to cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
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.
(etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l).
(uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
* C. L. Flint
- Make hay while the sun shines.
(countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
(slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
* 1947 , William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
- Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
- I would like some of that hay . Enclose $20.
(obsolete) A hedge.
(obsolete) A circular country dance.
- to dance the hay
* hay fever
* hayloft, hay loft
* hit the hay
* make hay while the sun shines
To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
To lay snares for rabbits.
Webster's Online Dictionary article on hay
: From the sound it represents, by analogy with other letters such as kay'' and ''gay''. The expected form in English if the ''h'' had survived in the Latin name of the letter "h", ''h? .
The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.