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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a changing society, as younger, more progressive Iranians chafe under the demands of their older family members, the killings have brought about something of a reckoning. New York Times, 5 July 2021 Many chafe under social restrictions and economic constrictions brought on by sanctions (including on Raisi himself) triggered by Iran's malign behavior. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 From the earliest days of the conservatorship, Spears appeared to chafe against her constraints. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 Drawers, for example, should fit snugly in the crotch, be loose at the knee and not be so thick as to chafe. Bill Heavey, WSJ, 20 June 2021 The fuel lines on the front fuel tank may chafe against the tank, possibly resulting in a fuel leak. Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Some may chafe the hardest-to-adapt fans - like mobile-only ticketing or cashless concessions. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Offered in five different colors, these have exquisite stitching and won’t chafe your arm. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 Extroverts can also chafe at some of the structure and controls that videoconferencing platforms impose on conversations, says Elias Aboujaoude, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Its highly breathable mesh fabric upper keeps feet cool, dry, and chafe-free, while the ComforDry sockliner provides cushion and drainage. Janna Irons, Popular Mechanics, 26 Mar. 2020 Some Nissan engineers believe Renault leans too heavily on the Japanese side’s technology expertise and chafe at the time spent accommodating their partner. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2020 On Tuesday, the first formal day of the trial, the rule was already starting to chafe. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2020 This pack is designed for women (or anyone with narrower shoulders) which means a more comfortable, chafe-free fit. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2019

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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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“Chafe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chafe. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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chafe

verb

English Language Learners 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

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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