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Definition of 'chafe'


  1. soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
  2. anger produced by some annoying irritation
       Synonyms: annoyance vexation


  1. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
       Synonyms: gall fret
  2. feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: annoy rag get to bother get at irritate rile nark nettle gravel vex devil
  4. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
       Synonyms: excoriate
  5. cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
       Synonyms: rub fray fret scratch
  6. warm by rubbing, as with the hands

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