English explanatory dictionary online >> chafe


Results for: chafe

chafe

chafe


chafe  (chf)
v. chafed, chaf·ing, chafes
v.tr.
1. To wear away or irritate by rubbing.
2. To annoy; vex.
3. To warm by rubbing, as with the hands.
v.intr.
1. To rub and cause irritation or friction: The high collar chafed against my neck.
2. To become worn or sore from rubbing.
3. To feel irritated or impatient: chafed at the delay.
n.
1. Warmth, wear, or soreness produced by friction.
2. Annoyance; vexation.

[Middle English chafen, from Old French chaufer, to warm, from Vulgar Latin *calefre, alteration of Latin calefacere : calre, to be warm; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: chafe, abrade, excoriate, fret1, gall2
These verbs mean to wear down or rub away a surface by or as if by scraping: chafed my skin; water abrading the canyon walls; metal bristles that excoriated her scalp; rope that fretted a groove in the post; stone steps galled by years of heavy use.


chafe  /tef/  v. chafed, chafing, chafes 1 [I;T] to rub together so as to irritate: My shoes are too tight; theyre chafing my feet. 2 [T] to irritate, annoy, (syn.) to vex: The slow traffic chafed her as she hurried to work. chafe

Enter word: