CHAFE

annoyance, chafe, vexation

(noun) anger produced by some annoying irritation

chafe

(noun) soreness and warmth caused by friction; “he had a nasty chafe on his knee”

chafe

(verb) warm by rubbing, as with the hands

rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch

(verb) cause friction; “my sweater scratches”

chafe, excoriate

(verb) tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; “This leash chafes the dog’s neck”

annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

(verb) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; “Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me”; “It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves”

chafe

(verb) feel extreme irritation or anger; “He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation”

chafe, gall, fret

(verb) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

chafe (uncountable)

Heat excited by friction.

Injury or wear caused by friction.

Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

(archaic) An expression of opinionated conflict.

Synonym: Thesaurus:argument

Verb

chafe (third-person singular simple present chafes, present participle chafing, simple past and past participle chafed)

(transitive) To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

(transitive) To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

(transitive) To fret and wear by rubbing.

(intransitive) To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

(intransitive) To be worn by rubbing.

(intransitive) To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

Source: Wiktionary


Chafe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed; p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.] Etym: [OE. chaufen to warm, OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. See Caldron.]

1. To ecxite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm. To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin. Spenser.

2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate. Her intercession chafed him. Shak.

3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable. Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed. Sir W. Scott.

Syn.

– To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.

Chafe, v. i.

Definition: To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction. Made its great boughs chafe together. Longfellow. The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. Shak.

2. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

3. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated. Spenser. He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter. Shak.

Chafe, n.

1. Heat excited by friction.

2. Injury or wear caused by friction.

3. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage. The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall. Camden.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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