verb (used with object), chafed, chafing.
to wear or abrade by rubbing: He chafed his shoes on the rocks.
to make sore by rubbing: Her collar chafed her neck.
to irritate; annoy: The dripping of the faucet chafed her nerves.
to warm by rubbing: to chafe cold hands.
Obsolete. to heat; make warm.
verb (used without object), chafed, chafing.
to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar.
to rub; press with friction: The horse chafed against his stall.
to be irritated or annoyed: He chafed at their constant interruptions.
irritation; annoyance.
heat, wear, or soreness caused by rubbing.
chafe at the bit, to become impatient at delay: The work was going very slowly, and he began to chafe at the bit.

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

nonchafing, adjective
overchafe, verb, overchafed, overchafing.
unchafed, adjective

chafe, chaff.

3. exasperate, vex, trouble, provoke.
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chafe (tʃeɪf)
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 impatient: he 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
6.  a soreness or irritation caused by friction
[C14: from Old French chaufer to warm, ultimately from Latin calefacere, from calēre to be warm + facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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chafe (chāf)
v. chafed, chaf·ing, chafes
To cause irritation of the skin by friction.

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