Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

chafe

[cheyf]
See more synonyms for chafe on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), chafed, chaf·ing.
  1. to wear or abrade by rubbing: He chafed his shoes on the rocks.
  2. to make sore by rubbing: Her collar chafed her neck.
  3. to irritate; annoy: The dripping of the faucet chafed her nerves.
  4. to warm by rubbing: to chafe cold hands.
  5. Obsolete. to heat; make warm.
Show More
verb (used without object), chafed, chaf·ing.
  1. to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar.
  2. to rub; press with friction: The horse chafed against his stall.
  3. to be irritated or annoyed: He chafed at their constant interruptions.
Show More
noun
  1. irritation; annoyance.
  2. heat, wear, or soreness caused by rubbing.
Show More
Idioms
  1. chafe at the bit, to become impatient at delay: The work was going very slowly, and he began to chafe at the bit.
Show More

Origin of chafe

1275–1325; Middle English chaufen to heat, rub, chafe < Middle French chaufer < Vulgar Latin *calfāre, variant of Latin cal(e)facere, equivalent to cale- (stem of calēre to be hot) + facere to make
Related formsnon·chaf·ing, adjectiveo·ver·chafe, verb, o·ver·chafed, o·ver·chaf·ing.un·chafed, adjective
Can be confusedchafe chaff

Synonyms

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

irritateannoyrubfumeincenseirkoffendfretrufflepeelinflamescratchexcoriatedamagescrapehurtimpairgrategrazeabrade

Examples from the Web for chafed

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • While Almamen chafed in vain at his arrest, all in the Christian camp was yet still.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But to-day he was fretted and chafed by long waiting for that answer to his letter.

  • 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

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • It chafed me consider'ble to think there was a foreign streak in our family.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for chafed

chafe

verb
  1. to make or become sore or worn by rubbing
  2. (tr) to warm (the hands, etc) by rubbing
  3. to irritate or be irritated or impatienthe was chafed because he was not allowed out
  4. (intr; often foll by on, against, etc) to cause friction; rub
  5. chafe at the bit See champ 1 (def. 3)
Show More
noun
  1. a soreness or irritation caused by friction
Show More

Word Origin

C14: from Old French chaufer to warm, ultimately from Latin calefacere, from calēre to be warm + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chafed

chafe

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chafed in Medicine

chafe

(chāf)
v.
  1. To cause irritation of the skin by friction.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.