Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chaff v.

[SE chafe, to rub]

1. [mid-17C+] to banter, to tease, usu. gently; thus chaff down a peeler, to tease a policeman.

2. [mid-19C] to betray secrets, to gossip.

3. [1960s] (S.Afr.) to give someone something.

4. [1960s+] (S.Afr., also charf) to say something.

5. [1970s+] (S.Afr.) to tell (someone something).

6. [1970s+] (S.Afr.) to flirt, to approach sexually, to ‘get fresh’.

7. [1980s+] (S.Afr.) to ask (someone something).