- to wear or abrade by rubbing: He chafed his shoes on the rocks.
- to make sore by rubbing: Her collar chafed her neck.
- to irritate; annoy: The dripping of the faucet chafed her nerves.
- to warm by rubbing: to chafe cold hands.
- Obsolete. to heat; make warm.
- to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar.
- to rub; press with friction: The horse chafed against his stall.
- to be irritated or annoyed: He chafed at their constant interruptions.
- irritation; annoyance.
- heat, wear, or soreness caused by rubbing.
- chafe at the bit, to become impatient at delay: The work was going very slowly, and he began to chafe at the bit.
Origin of chafe
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for chafed
Both went to Oxford University and chafed at the snobbery of English elites.The Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch Connection
April 9, 2013
Message: the arch, condescending Obama that so chafed Hillary backers was back with a vengeance.Hillaryland Chafes at Obama’s Debate Sarcasm
October 24, 2012
Gingrich had an off night as he chafed under criticism, while Romney threw no punches.Newt Gingrich, Under Fire, Plays Clumsy Defense in Fox News Iowa Debate
December 16, 2011
Newt Plays Clumsy Defense by Howard Kurtz Gingrich had an off night as he chafed under criticism, while Romney threw no punches.Fox News Iowa Debate: Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In
December 16, 2011
Instead, he chafed underneath the corporate umbrella of LVMH, the massive luxury conglomerate that owned the label.Alexander McQueen's Demons
February 16, 2010
While Almamen chafed in vain at his arrest, all in the Christian camp was yet still.Leila, Complete
But to-day he was fretted and chafed by long waiting for that answer to his letter.The Incomplete Amorist
De Launay raised his head and chafed his blue and frozen hands.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Every day he had been away he had fretted and chafed at the thought of what might be happening to her.The Night Riders
It chafed me consider'ble to think there was a foreign streak in our family.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to make or become sore or worn by rubbing
- (tr) to warm (the hands, etc) by rubbing
- to irritate or be irritated or impatienthe was chafed because he was not allowed out
- (intr; often foll by on, against, etc) to cause friction; rub
- chafe at the bit See champ 1 (def. 3)
- a soreness or irritation caused by friction
Word Origin and History for chafed
early 14c., chaufen, c.1300, "be provoked;" late 14c. in literal sense "to make warm, to heat," also intransitive, "to grow warm or hot," especially (early 15c.) "to warm by rubbing," from Old French chaufer "heat, warm up, become warm" (12c., Modern French chauffer), from Vulgar Latin *calefare, from Latin calefacere "to make hot, make warm," from calere "be warm" (see calorie) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
Figurative sense from late 14c. include now-obsolete "kindle (joy), inspire, make passionate" as well as "provoke, vex, anger." Sense of "make sore by rubbing" first recorded 1520s. Related: Chafed; chafing.
- To cause irritation of the skin by friction.