1. [ verb ] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Synonyms: fret gall
Related terms: irritate fret
2. [ noun ] (medicine) soreness and warmth caused by friction

"he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

Related terms: tenderness
3. [ verb ] cause friction
Synonyms: scratch rub fret fray

"my sweater scratches"

Related terms: touch abrasion
4. [ verb ] tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
Synonyms: excoriate

"This leash chafes the dog's neck"

Related terms: abrade abrasion
5. [ verb ] warm by rubbing, as with the hands
Related terms: warm
6. [ verb ] feel extreme irritation or anger

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

Related terms: feel annoy
7. [ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations
Synonyms: bother annoy irritate vex nark gravel get_at nettle devil rile get_to rag

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

Related terms: displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance
8. [ noun ] anger produced by some annoying irritation
Synonyms: vexation annoyance
Related terms: anger aggravation displeasure pique harassment frustration
Similar spelling:   Chaffee