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chaffy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj chaffy value "an empty chaffy book by a foolish chaffy fellow"
    • adj chaffy abounding in or covered with or resembling or consisting of chaff
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chaffy Abounding in, or resembling, chaff. "Chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail."
    • Chaffy (Bot) Bearing or covered with dry scales, as the under surface of certain ferns, or the disk of some composite flowers.
    • Chaffy Light or worthless as chaff. "Slight and chaffy opinion."
    • Chaffy (Bot) Resembling chaff; composed of light dry scales.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chaffy Like chaff; full of chaff.
    • chaffy In botany, furnished with chaff, as the receptacle in some compound flowers; paleaceous.
    • chaffy Figuratively, light; frivolous; unstable.
    • chaffy Given to chaffing; bantering; ironical.
    • n chaffy A chaffinch.
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Usage

In literature:

Stipe short and chaffy.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
The nest is composed of finer, softer, and more chaffy material than the regular storage.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Paleaceous: chaffy in appearance.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The travellers were all chatty, many of them chaffy.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
These consist typically of a short axis, the rachilla, almost or quite concealed by several chaffy bracts.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
The brown fruiting heads are conical, chaffy, stiff and wiry.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
I like that little chaffy chap, the Duke; what a slap-up story that was about the bal de l'Opera.
"Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories" by Ouida
Receptacle flat, not chaffy, but beset with short chaffy bristles.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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In poetry:

To be paying bills of laughter
And chaffy gossip in kind
With work thrown in to ballast
The fantasy-soaring mind.
"On An Apple-Ripe September Morning" by Patrick Kavanagh
Habituate thy mind to good,
Nor let it feed on chaffy food,
It easily may be restrain'd,
If it betimes be tightly rein'd.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
It is a flail, thy chaffy corn to thresh,
A fan, to purge the floor, thou didst neglect,
A furnace 'tis, to purify thy flesh,
An iron rod thy errors to correct.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
When the red flails of the battle-field's threshers
Beat out the continent's wheat from its bran,
While the wind scatters the chaffy seceshers,
What will become of our sweet little man?
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes