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1chafe

verb \ˈchāf\

: to become irritated or annoyed : to feel impatient

: to cause soreness or damage by rubbing against something (such as your skin)

: to become sore or damaged from rubbing

chafedchaf·ing

Full Definition of CHAFE

transitive verb
1
:  irritate, vex
2
:  to warm by rubbing especially with the hands
3
a :  to rub so as to wear away :  abrade <the strap chafed his skin>
b :  to make sore by or as if by rubbing
intransitive verb
1
:  to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience :  fret <chafes at the rules>
2
:  to rub and thereby cause wear or irritation
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Examples of CHAFE

  1. When the strap is too tight, it chafes the baby's skin.
  2. If my boots aren't laced up tight they chafe.
  3. The baby's skin will chafe if the strap is too tight.

Origin of CHAFE

Middle English chaufen to warm, from Anglo-French chaufer, from Vulgar Latin *calfare, alteration of Latin calefacere, from calēre to be warm + facere to make — more at lee, do
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CHAFE

2chafe

noun

Definition of CHAFE

1
:  a state of vexation :  rage
2
:  injury or wear caused by friction; also :  friction, rubbing

First Known Use of CHAFE

1551
CHAFE Defined for Kids

chafe

verb \ˈchāf\
chafedchaf·ing

Definition of CHAFE for Kids

1
:  to become irritated or impatient <Some of the guests chafed at the sleeping arrangements.>
2
:  to rub so as to wear away or make sore <Chains chafed the skin of the animal's legs.>

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