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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ My dress was too tight under the arms and had a collar that chafed.
▪ The boots have a soft lining to prevent your toes from chafing.
▪ The handcuff chafed his left wrist.
▪ But he chafed a bit as a member of a commercial office team.
▪ Hsu Fu consumed rope like no other vessel that I had ever sailed, and the reason was obvious: chafe.
▪ I chafed her feet and tucked her nightdress close.
▪ I chafed some warmth into my soul by telling myself that our business required an understanding of the fleeting.
▪ Make sure that all canes of raspberries, blackberries and other fruits are tied in securely to prevent breakage and chafing.
▪ Mitchell looked away chafing against this infiltration, of being led by Kingsley to recognize himself, the meaninglessness of his position.
▪ Mrs Reagan, however, chafed under the monologue.
▪ The President chafed at this baseless criticism.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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

Made its great boughs chafe together.

The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores.

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.

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


Chafe \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 Caldron.]

  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.

  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. Scott.

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


Chafe \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., chaufen, c.1300, "be provoked;" late 14c. in literal sense "to make warm, to heat," also intransitive, "to grow warm or hot," especially (early 15c.) "to warm by rubbing," from Old French chaufer "heat, warm up, become warm" (12c., Modern French chauffer), from Vulgar Latin *calefare, from Latin calefacere "to make hot, make warm," from calere "be warm" (see calorie) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).\n

\nFigurative sense from late 14c. include now-obsolete "kindle (joy), inspire, make passionate" as well as "provoke, vex, anger." Sense of "make sore by rubbing" first recorded 1520s. Related: Chafed; chafing.


n. 1 heat excited by friction. 2 Injury or wear caused by friction. 3 vexation; irritation of mind; rage. 4 (cx archaic English) An expression of opinionated conflict. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm. 2 (context transitive English) To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate. 3 (context transitive English) To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable. 4 (context intransitive English) To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction. 5 (context intransitive English) To be worn by rubbing. 6 (context intransitive English) To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

  1. n. soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

  2. anger produced by some annoying irritation [syn: annoyance, vexation]

  3. v. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: gall, fret]

  4. feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

  5. 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]

  6. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog's neck" [syn: excoriate]

  7. cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray, fret, scratch]

  8. warm by rubbing, as with the hands


Chafe may refer to:

  • Chafé, village in Portugal
  • Chafe, Nigeria, a Local Government Area in Zamfara State
  • Chafe (crater), Martian crater named after Chafe, Nigeria

As a surname:

  • Wallace Chafe, American linguist
  • Chris Chafe, Swiss musician and scientist

Chafé is a civil parish in the municipality of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 2,841, in an area of 7.85 km². It is located near the Atlantic coast, 7 km south of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 59 km north of Porto.

Chafe (crater)

Chafe is a crater on Mars named after Chafe in Zamfara State, Nigeria (2004 population, 10,100, 11.95ºN, 6.92ºE). The crater was designated in 1988, is 4.8 kilometres in diameter and is located at 15.3ºN 257.7ºW, Amenthes Region, Quadrangle MC14.

Usage examples of "chafe".

The bandaged hand was still dry, though the bindings keeping his Grace in the saddle had chafed a sore in one wrist.

I pretended to be perfectly indifferent about Chullunder Ghose, standing silently beside him while they tied his leg to mine and seeming not to notice when they beat him until he yelled because he pulled his leg away when the rope touched the skin it had chafed the day before.

What chafed Clyde most was the fact that his vacation had expired today.

He chafed at the necessity of entrusting his fate to a courageous slip of a girl who had already done more for him than he had any right to ask.

Blackthorn chafed at his own inability to take some of the burden of caring for the child upon himself.

A strip of whalebone had worked loose and she had a sore, chafed place at her waist.

The wine made the handkerchief pink as a rose, and her head, where I chafed it, grew crimson.

Bruising and chafing in a band approximately four inches wide just below the sternum.

On the inner thighs bruising and chafing, contusions having oozed blood.

The Tibetan assumed an air of indifference, chafing his wrists where the cords had hurt him a bit and obeying without comment when I told him to stand in front of me.

I was minded to hit him to teach him manners, but Chullunder Ghose came to his rescue, having watched with deliberate interest, as he sat with his shoes off, chafing tired feet.

Murdoch would be chafing now at being left behind to watch over young Philippe, just as he had been left behind that fateful night in Valletta.

Violet, who, having dropped onto the sofa, was occupied with ruefully chafing her injured member.

Even without dismounting, I could see the place where two other horses had stood, chafing the dry earth here and there with impatient hooves.

He fretted and fumed, chafing at the tedium, and then, as the long shadows stretched across the yard, subsided into a wretched silence.