An example of chafe is the redness and pain from inner thighs rubbing together while jogging.
- to rub so as to stimulate or make warm
- to wear away by rubbing
- to irritate or make sore by rubbing
- to annoy; irritate
Origin of chafeMiddle English chaufen ; from Old French chaufer, to warm ; from Classical Latin calefacere, to make warm: see calefacient
- to rub (on or against)
- to be or become vexed, irritated, or impatient
- an injury or irritation caused by rubbing
- Archaic a vexed or annoyed state
chafe at the bit
verbchafed, chaf·ing, chafes
- To wear away or irritate by rubbing or friction: The collar chafed my neck.
- To annoy; vex: “It chafed him no end to be under obligation to her” (Carson McCullers).
- To warm by rubbing, as with the hands.
- To cause irritation by rubbing or friction: The high collar chafed against my neck.
- To become worn or sore from rubbing or friction: His skin chafed where the cast had been.
- To feel irritated or impatient: They chafed at the delay. The reporters chafed under the new restrictions.
- Warmth, wear, or soreness produced by friction.
- Annoyance; vexation.
Origin of chafeMiddle English chafen, from Old French chaufer, to warm, from Vulgar Latin *calefare, alteration of Latin calefacere : cal&emacron;re, to be warm; see kel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chafes, present participle chafing, simple past and past participle chafed)
- To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
- To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
- To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
- (intransitive) To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
- (intransitive) To be worn by rubbing.
- A cable chafes.
- (intransitive) To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.