Simple Definition of chafe
: 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
Full Definition of chafe
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
1 : to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience : fret <chafes at the rules>
2 : to rub and thereby cause wear or irritation
Examples of chafe in a sentence
When the strap is too tight, it chafes the baby's skin.
If my boots aren't laced up tight they chafe.
The baby's skin will chafe if the strap is too tight.
First Known Use of chafe
CHAFE Defined for Kids
Definition of chafe for Students
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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