chaff, verb transitive

Forms:
Also charf, tjaaf.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Special senses of general English chaff to banter, tease.
slang
1. rare. To give (someone something).
1963 L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 104‘Mossie’..had been a professional boxer who..never went into the ring without a shot of dagga...His friends used to invite him to ‘scale a jam’ (steal a car) and he would ‘chaff them a shot’, and be with them.
2.
a. To say (something). Cf. tune sense 2 d.
1966 J. Taylor Mommy, I’d Like to Be’. (lyrics)Sussie I chaff I’ll win, Win my bet to make you grin, With a blade of grass I’ll tickle your chin, Sussie I chaff I’ll win.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 53Black dope dealers were suspicious of whites, so you had to..gooi (give) the double-horned devil’s hand sign and charf (say), ‘Level with the gravel, ek sê’.
b. To tell (someone something). Cf. tune sense 2 b.
1970 J.F. Prinsloo Informant, Lüderitz (Namibia)I have..heard people say: ‘Don’t chaff me bull’, meaning: ‘Don’t talk nonsense to me.’
1988 S.A. Botha in Frontline Apr.May 24‘I tjaaf you, the peckies are getting white these days,’ said Don.
1991 B. Carlyon Informant, JohannesburgChaff. Tell. I chaffed him that we had to go to the dentist, so he said we could go early.
3. To ‘chat (someone) up’, make a pass at (someone), flirt with (someone); tune sense 2 e. Also in the phrase chaff up.
1970 J.F. Prinsloo Informant, Lüderitz (Namibia)‘Man, I smaak that goosie, I think I’ll chaff her’. (This word in S.A...seems to have taken the meaning of ‘making a pass at a girl’).
1970 K.M. Brand Informant, East LondonHe’s been chaffing the babe for months now with no success! (trying to get off with a girl).
1984 Sunday Times 29 Jan. 13On the way the passenger tried to ‘chaff’ her when Mr Grundlingh stopped the car to make a telephone call to his mother.
1985 P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at Palace 27Vince:..Should have swallowed my pride and gone home with that chick. Forsie: So, why didn’t you? Vince: Fear of rape. Didn’t want to risk it. Forsie: Please! You just couldn’t chaff her, that’s all.
1986 L. Sampson in Style May 100I remember you, your name is Clive and you used to chaff my sister.
1988 S. Sole in Style Apr. 49Anyway, these two ous didn’t go to work, got drunk, and then they wanted to charf her, so she swore them blind.
1991 H.C. Watts Informant, Cape TownThat’s a lekker looking girl — I’ll go and charf her and make a date.
1991 B. Carlyon Informant, JohannesburgHey! Look at that stukkie. I’m going to sommer chaff her up.
4. To ask (someone something).
1988 Sunday Times 25 June 19When the Adj went to chaff the 2 IB about next week’s rock festival he got a storing.
To give (someone something).
To say (something).
To tell (someone something).
To ‘chat (someone) up’, make a pass at (someone), flirt with (someone); tune2 e. Also in the phrase chaff up.
To ask (someone something).

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