The definition of chafe means to rub for warmth, to the point of irritation or until worn away.(verb)
An example of chafe is the redness and pain from inner thighs rubbing together while jogging.
See chafe in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME chaufen < OFr chaufer, to warm < L calefacere, to make warm: see calefacient
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verb chafed chafed, chaf·ing, chafes verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English chafen
Origin: , from Old French chaufer, to warm
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *calefāre
Origin: , alteration of Latin calefacere
Origin: : calēre, to be warm; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
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