verb (used with object), chafed, chaf·ing.
verb (used without object), chafed, chaf·ing.
Origin of chafe
Examples from the Web for chafe
Some people may simply find ways to sever their awkward ties that chafe.Income Inequality Within Families is Emerging as a Major Issue|Janna Malamud Smith|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But it does chafe to be arrested by language cops when you are in fact driving in the right lane.
I miss the strife His shrunken staff, his hungry wife Inflame chafe!
“Clinton was even more bizarre, because of his lack of discipline,” Chafe said.
Those of them who have to work on Sunday chafe under the necessity that drives them to such a disregarding of the Sabbath.
Even carrying arrows in a quiver tends to dull them, because they chafe each other while in motion.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
The trouble is that so many of 'em work in harness, and it is pretty sure to chafe somewhere.
Fred, on his part, was reflecting that the awkward position in which he had placed her would not confine or chafe her long.Song of the Lark|Willa Cather
Presently he began to chafe and toss in his bed, to sigh and groan.The Three Mulla-mulgars|Walter De La Mare
British Dictionary definitions for chafe
Word Origin for chafe
Word Origin and History for chafe
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.