What does chafe mean?

Definitions for chafe

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chafe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chafenoun

    soreness and warmth caused by friction

    "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

  2. annoyance, chafe, vexationverb

    anger produced by some annoying irritation

  3. chafe, gall, fretverb

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

  4. chafeverb

    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, devilverb

    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, excoriateverb

    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

    "This leash chafes the dog's neck"

  7. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratchverb

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  8. chafeverb

    warm by rubbing, as with the hands


  1. chafenoun

    Heat excited by friction.

  2. chafenoun

    Injury or wear caused by friction.

  3. chafenoun

    Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

  4. chafeverb

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

  5. chafeverb

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

  6. chafeverb

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

  7. chafeverb

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

  8. chafeverb

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

  9. chafeverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chafenoun

    A heat; a rage; a fury; a passion; a fume; a pett; a fret; a storm.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    When Sir Thomas More was speaker of the parliament, with his wisdom and eloquence, he so crossed a purpose of cardinal Wolsey’s, that the cardinal, in a chafe, sent for him to Whitehall. William Camden, Remains.

    At this the knight grew high in chafe,
    And staring furiously on Ralph,
    He trembled. Hudibras, p. ii. c. ii.

  2. To CHAFEverb

    Etymology: echauffer, Fr.

    They laid him upon some of their garments, and fell to rub and chafe him, till they brought him to recover both breath, the servant, and warmth, the companion of living. Philip Sidney.

    At last, recovering heart, he does begin
    To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin. Fairy Q. b. i.

    Soft, and more soft, at ev’ry touch it grew;
    Like pliant wax, when chafing hands reduce
    The former mass to form, and frame to use. Dryden.

    Have I not heard the sea, puff’d up with winds,
    Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat? William Shakespeare.

    Lilies more white than snow,
    New fall’n from heav’n, with violets mix’d, did grow;
    Whose scent so chaf’d the neighbour air, that you
    Would surely swear Arabick spices grew. John Suckling.

    Her intercession chaf’d him so,
    When she for thy repeal was suppliant,
    That to close prison he commanded her. William Shakespeare.

    An offer of pardon more chafed the rage of those, who were resolved to live or die together. John Hayward.

    For all that he was inwardly chafed with the heat of youth and indignation, against his own people as well as the Rhodians, he moderated himself betwixt his own rage, and the offence of his soldiers. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    This chaf’d the boar, his nostrils flames expire,
    And his red eyeballs roll with living fire. Dryden.

  3. To Chafeverb

    Therewith he ’gan full terribly to roar,
    And chaf’d at that indignity right sore. Edmund Spenser, Hub. Tale.

    My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff, as he will chafe at the doctor’s marrying my daughter. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Be lion mettled, proud, and take no care,
    Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    How did they fume, and stamp, and roar, and chafe,
    And swear; not Addison himself was safe. Alexander Pope.

    Once upon a raw and gusty day,
    The troubled Tyber chafing with his shores. William Shakespeare, J. Cæs.

    The murmuring surge,
    That on th’ unnumber’d idle pebbles chafes,
    Cannot be heard so high. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. chafe

    Chafe is a verb which generally refers to the action of making something sore or causing damage by constant rubbing. It can also signify irritation or annoyance due to repetitive action or prolonged situation. As a noun, it represents the act or state of being annoyed or the soreness or damage caused due to friction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chafeverb

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

  2. Chafeverb

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

  3. Chafeverb

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

  4. Chafeverb

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

  5. Chafeverb

    to be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes

  6. Chafeverb

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

  7. Chafenoun

    heat excited by friction

  8. Chafenoun

    injury or wear caused by friction

  9. Chafenoun

    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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHAFE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chafe is ranked #57639 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chafe surname appeared 353 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chafe.

    93.7% or 331 total occurrences were White.
    4.5% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  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

Examples of chafe in a Sentence

  1. Michael Barbaro:

    I think the reason I chafe at the' front page of The Times' is because we're not picking the most important story every day, we're not a newsroom of a thousand people making that decision together. We're a team of people saying this is the most compelling audio story that we think we can tell this day.

  2. 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.

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Translations for chafe

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  • търкам, протривам, трия, протриване, дразня, разразнение, ожулване, горещяBulgarian
  • gnavesårDanish
  • durchscheuern, Schürfwunde, reiben, verschleißen, scheuernGerman
  • escocer, irritar, escocimiento, irritaciónSpanish
  • hankauma, ärsyyntyä, hankautua, ärsyttää, ärsytys, hangata, hiertymäFinnish
  • abrasion, énervement, colère, irriter, vexer, chauffer en frictionnant, inflammationFrench
  • मसलनाHindi
  • 摩擦, 擦過傷Japanese
  • hotu, pākanikani, mōhanihaniMāori
  • ergeren, pijnlijke ruwe plek, afslijten, verslijten, schuren, opwinden, woede, ergernis, opgewarmd door wrijving, vervelen, schaafwonde, irriterenDutch
  • friccionar, desgastar, atritar, raiva, irritar-se, esfolamento, enraivecerPortuguese
  • досада, тереться, дразнить, злиться, протереться, протираться, ссадина, горячиться, тереть, натереть, недовольство, гнев, раздражение, потёртость, раздражаться, натиратьRussian
  • skavsår, skavSwedish

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    A jejune
    B splay
    C usurious
    D motile

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