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chafe

verb \ ˈchāf \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of chafe

chafed; chafing
transitive verb
1 : irritate, vex
  • The noise of the children playing chafed her.
2 : to warm by rubbing especially with the hands
3 a : 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.

Examples of chafe in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of chafe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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


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chafe

noun

Definition of chafe

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

Recent Examples of chafe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chafe

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CHAFE Defined for English Language Learners

chafe

verb

Definition of chafe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

chafe

verb \ ˈchāf \

Definition of chafe for Students

chafed; chafing
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.

Medical Dictionary

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chafe

transitive verb \ ˈchāf \

medical Definition of chafe

chafed; chafing
: to irritate or make sore by or as if by rubbing

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chafe

noun

medical Definition of chafe

: injury caused by friction


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