Definitions for: Chafe

[n] anger produced by some annoying irritation
[n] soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
[v] warm by rubbing, as with the hands
[v] cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
[v] tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
[v] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
[v] feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
[v] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Webster (1913) Definition: Chafe (ch[=a]f), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed
(ch[=a]ft); p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.] [OE. chaufen to warm,
OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to
make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. See
1. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to
stimulate and make warm.

To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin.

2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

Her intercession chafed him. --Shak.

3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to
prevent its being chafed. --Sir W.

Syn: To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.

Chafe, v. i.
To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by

Made its great boughs chafe together. --Longfellow.

The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. --Shak.

2. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

3. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be
irritated. --Spenser.

He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.

Chafe, n.
1. Heat excited by friction.

2. Injury or wear caused by friction.

3. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall.

Synonyms: annoy, annoyance, bother, devil, excoriate, fray, fret, fret, gall, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, rub, scratch, vex, vexation

See Also: abrade, abrase, adjoin, aggravation, anger, antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, choler, contact, corrade, displease, displeasure, eat into, exasperation, experience, feel, fret, frustration, get, grate, harass, harassment, harry, hassle, ire, irritate, irritation, meet, molest, peeve, pique, plague, provoke, rankle, rub down, rub off, ruffle, soreness, temper, tenderness, torment, touch, warm

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