Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) anger produced by some annoying irritation
  2. (noun, state) soreness and warmth caused by friction
  3. (verb, change) warm by rubbing, as with the hands
  4. (verb, contact) cause friction
  5. (verb, contact) tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
  6. (verb, emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
  7. (verb, emotion) feel extreme irritation or anger
  8. (verb, perception) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

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Origin of the word Chafe

  1. early 14c., "to heat, rub with the hands to make warm," from O.Fr. chaufer, from V.L. *calefare, from L. calefacere "to make hot, make warm," from calere "be warm" (see calorie) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Sense of "make sore by rubbing" first recorded 1520s. more

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