Definition of chafe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    chafe

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘make warm’): from Old French chaufer ‘make hot’, based on Latin calefacere, from calere ‘be hot’ + facere ‘make’.
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