- 1[intransitive, transitive] if skin chafes, or if something chafes it, it becomes sore because the thing is rubbing against it Her wrists chafed where the rope had been. chafe something The collar was far too tight and chafed her neck.
- 2[intransitive] chafe (at/under something) (formal) to feel annoyed and impatient about something, especially because it limits what you can do He soon chafed at the restrictions of his situation. Young people often go through a phase of chafing under parental control. See related entries: Anger Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘make warm’): from Old French chaufer
BrE BrE//tʃeɪf//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chafe
BrE BrE//tʃeɪf//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪf//he / she / it chafes
BrE BrE//tʃeɪfs//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪfs//past simple chafed
BrE BrE//tʃeɪft//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪft//past participle chafed
BrE BrE//tʃeɪft//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪft//-ing form chafing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ//Anger