Definition and Meanings for chafe

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Chafe is ranked 49,032 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of chafe

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of chafe

oe. chaufen to warm, of. chaufer, f. chauffer, fr. l. calefacere, calfacere, to make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. see caldron

Meaning of chafe


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, verbal noun

  • to excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  • to excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  • to fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

as intransitive verb

  • to rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  • to be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
  • to have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

as noun

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