What does chafe mean?

Definitions for chafetʃeɪf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chafe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chafe(noun)

    soreness and warmth caused by friction

    "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

  2. annoyance, chafe, vexation(verb)

    anger produced by some annoying irritation

  3. chafe, gall, fret(verb)

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

  4. chafe(verb)

    feel extreme irritation or anger

    "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

  5. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  6. chafe, excoriate(verb)

    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

    "This leash chafes the dog's neck"

  7. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  8. chafe(verb)

    warm by rubbing, as with the hands


  1. chafe(Noun)

    Heat excited by friction.

  2. chafe(Noun)

    Injury or wear caused by friction.

  3. chafe(Noun)

    Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

  4. chafe(Verb)

    To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

  5. chafe(Verb)

    To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

  6. chafe(Verb)

    To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

  7. chafe(Verb)

    To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

  8. chafe(Verb)

    To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

  9. chafe(Verb)

    To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

  10. Origin: chaufen, from chaufer (modern French chauffer), from calefacio, calfacio, from caleo + facio. See caldron.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chafe(verb)

    to excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm

  2. Chafe(verb)

    to excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate

  3. Chafe(verb)

    to fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable

  4. Chafe(verb)

    to rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction

  5. Chafe(verb)

    to be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes

  6. Chafe(verb)

    to have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated

  7. Chafe(noun)

    heat excited by friction

  8. Chafe(noun)

    injury or wear caused by friction

  9. Chafe(noun)

    vexation; irritation of mind; rage


  1. Chafe

    Chafe is a crater on Mars named after Chafe in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The crater was designated in 1988, is 4.8 kilometres in diameter and is located at 15.3ºN 257.7ºW, Amenthes Region, Quadrangle MC14.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chafe

    chāf, v.t. to make hot by rubbing: to fret or wear by rubbing: to cause to fret or rage (with against, at).—v.i. to fret or rage.—n. heat caused by rubbing: rage: passion.—ns. Chaf′er (obs.), a chafing-dish, a saucepan; Chaf′ing-dish, a dish or vessel in which anything is made hot: a kind of portable grate; Chaf′ing-gear, mats, spun-yarn, battens, &c., put upon the rigging and spars of a ship to prevent their being chafed. [Fr. chauffer—L. calefacĕrecalēre, to be hot, and facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chafe in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chafe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    Desire nothing, Chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.

Images & Illustrations of chafe

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Translations for chafe

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • търкам, протривам, горещя, ожулване, разразнение, дразня, протриване, трияBulgarian
  • gnavesårDanish
  • durchscheuern, reiben, scheuern, Schürfwunde, verschleißenGerman
  • escocimiento, escocer, irritar, irritaciónSpanish
  • hiertymä, hankauma, hangata, ärsytys, ärsyttää, hankautua, ärsyyntyäFinnish
  • vexer, chauffer en frictionnant, inflammation, colère, abrasion, énervement, irriterFrench
  • मसलनाHindi
  • 摩擦, 擦過傷Japanese
  • hotu, mōhanihani, pākanikaniMāori
  • schaafwonde, pijnlijke ruwe plek, afslijten, schuren, irriteren, vervelen, opgewarmd door wrijving, ergernis, woede, ergeren, opwinden, verslijtenDutch
  • enraivecer, desgastar, irritar-se, esfolamento, friccionar, atritar, raivaPortuguese
  • ссадина, досада, гнев, натирать, тереться, протираться, горячиться, злиться, раздражаться, потёртость, раздражение, недовольство, натереть, тереть, дразнить, протеретьсяRussian
  • skavsår, skavSwedish

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