verb (used with object), chafed, chaf·ing.
verb (used without object), chafed, chaf·ing.
Origin of chafe
Examples from the Web for chafing
The inside of my thighs were starting to bleed because of the chafing from the sand.
For a man, I imagine the chafing potential would be considerable.
Nowadays some chafing dish show-offs try to gild the Golden Buck with dashes of ginger and spice.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
It is then varnished with a spirit of wine varnish; which is treated with the chafing dish as above described.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
A collar of ropes formerly wound round the head of the mast, to keep the shrouds from chafing.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
The reply served in some measure to soothe his chafing mood.The Odds|Ethel M. Dell
My legs were raw and bloody from the chafing, and I was sick all over.Personal Recollections of the War of 1861|Charles Augustus Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for chafing
Word Origin for chafe
Word Origin and History for chafing
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.