AskDefine | Define chafe

Dictionary Definition



1 soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
2 anger produced by some annoying irritation [syn: annoyance, vexation]


1 become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: gall, fret]
2 feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
3 cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, devil]
4 tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog's neck" [syn: excoriate]
5 cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray, fret, scratch]
6 warm by rubbing, as with the hands

User Contributed Dictionary



chaufen < chaufer (modern French chauffer) < calefacere, calfacere < calere + facere. See caldron.



  1. Heat excited by friction.
  2. Injury or wear caused by friction.
  3. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.


  1. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
  4. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  5. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
  6. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.


Extensive Definition

Chafe may be:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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