What is the meaning of chafe?


  • Soreness and warmth caused by friction.
    • usage: "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
  • Anger produced by some annoying irritation.


  • Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing.
  • Feel extreme irritation or anger.
    • usage: "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
  • Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.
    • usage: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
  • Tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading.
    • usage: "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
  • Cause friction.
    • usage: "my sweater scratches"
  • Warm by rubbing, as with the hands. .
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