chafe

verb
\ ˈchāf How to pronounce chafe (audio) \
chafed; chafing

Definition of chafe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : irritate, vex The noise of the children playing chafed her.
2 : to warm by rubbing especially with the hands
3a : to rub so as to wear away : abrade the strap chafed his skin The boat chafed its sides against the dock.
b : to make sore by or as if by rubbing The tight collar chafed his neck.

intransitive verb

1 : to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience : fret chafes at the rules
2 : to rub and thereby cause wear or irritation The baby's skin chafes if the strap is too tight.

chafe

noun

Definition of chafe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a state of vexation : rage the cardinal in a state of chafe sent for him— William Camden
2 : injury or wear caused by friction Gloves provide protection against chafe. also : friction, rubbing

Synonyms for chafe

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of chafe in a Sentence

Verb 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Iowa Democrats chafe at that criticism, noting the state was early to back barrier-breakers like Barack Obama. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 11 Aug. 2022 Sisi was famously rebellious, and soon began to chafe against the court's restrictive power structure—and if the official synopsis is anything to go by, that rebellion will be front and center in the series, which begins in Sisi's teenage years. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2022 His more moderate positions have put him at odds with a growing share of Republicans who chafe at COVID-19 restrictions and repeat the false claim that widespread fraud cost former President Donald Trump re-election. Geoff Mulvihill, chicagotribune.com, 6 Feb. 2022 His more moderate positions have put him at odds with a growing share of Republicans who chafe at COVID-19 restrictions and repeat the false claim that widespread fraud cost former President Donald Trump re-election. Geoff Mulvihill, ajc, 6 Feb. 2022 His more moderate positions have put him at odds with a growing share of Republicans who chafe at COVID-19 restrictions and repeat the false claim that widespread fraud cost former President Donald Trump re-election. Geoff Mulvihill, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2022 At first, Gurley seemed to chafe at being barred from watching the Warriors play in person. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 But lately there have been increasing signs that the bonds of friendship—and profit—have started to chafe a bit. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 10 June 2022 Schwartz, raised upper middle class, started to chafe by high school under expectations both societal and familial. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abrasion-resistant seams reduce friction for chafe-free climbs while lightweight fabrics make the items more breathable. Anna Haines, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Simply rub in the cream to any areas that may rub and glide through the world chafe-free. ELLE, 18 June 2022 Other musts: chafe-free seams, zero wedgies, and comfortable fabrics. Lauren Joseph, SELF, 4 Apr. 2022 The chamois is equal to any top-level insert and has kept me comfy and chafe-free for rides as long as 10 hours. Outside Online, 15 Aug. 2014 Anyway, to get back to the subject, the definitions for chafe are broad and grumpy: to irritate and vex, to abrade, to rub so as to wear away, to make sore, to feel irritation, discontent or impatience. Bernadette Kinlaw, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 Plus, these shorts are available in sizes XXS to 3X. With a five-inch inseam, these classic running shorts provide plenty of coverage and chafe-free wear. Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2021 Judges who are supposed to be neutral chafe at having to elicit testimony. Arkansas Online, 24 Apr. 2021 Setting aside the attachment to childhood and to the suburbs in which the Butlers’ own childhoods took place, this song has Chassagne chafe at and ultimately reject the strictures of suburban life. Jack Butler, National Review, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chafe

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chafe

Verb and Noun

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

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16 Sep 2022

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“Chafe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chafe. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for chafe

chafe

verb
\ ˈchāf How to pronounce chafe (audio) \
chafed; chafing

Kids Definition of chafe

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.

chafe

transitive verb
\ ˈchāf How to pronounce chafe (audio) \
chafed; chafing

Medical Definition of chafe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to irritate or make sore by or as if by rubbing

chafe

noun

Medical Definition of chafe (Entry 2 of 2)

: injury caused by friction

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