1 soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
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]
6 warm by rubbing, as with the hands
Etymologychaufen < chaufer (modern French chauffer) < calefacere, calfacere < calere + facere. See caldron.
- Rhymes with: -eɪf
- To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
- To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
- To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
- To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
- To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
- To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
Chafe may be:
- Chafe parish in Nigeria, Africa
- Chafé in Portugal, Europe (pronunciation: sha-FEH), a parish in the municipality of Viana do Castelo
- Chafe, a Martian crater
- chafe is heat excited by friction and vexation, irritation of mind and rage.
- chafed skin is a rash that develops from two areas rubbing together repeatedly
- in Australian youth slang, to chafe is to suck up or brown nose to someone
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