verb (used with object), chafed, chaf·ing.
verb (used without object), chafed, chaf·ing.
Origin of chafe
Examples from the Web for chafed
Both went to Oxford University and chafed at the snobbery of English elites.
Message: the arch, condescending Obama that so chafed Hillary backers was back with a vengeance.
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|Howard Kurtz|December 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he chafed underneath the corporate umbrella of LVMH, the massive luxury conglomerate that owned the label.
Colonel Taylor says that General Lee urged that the march of my troops should be hastened, and was chafed at their non-appearance.From Manassas to Appomattox|James Longstreet
She chafed under their chatter, and despised them for their shallow pretense.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He forgot his commission and chafed at conventions that prevented his doing what he saw was required so urgently.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
The only result was that he chafed his skin raw to no advantage.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
In the old life a ghost of impatience had been in her; she had doubted his powers, and chafed at his failures.At His Gates, Vol. 3(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
Word Origin 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.