I. verb (chafed; chafing) Etymology: Middle English chaufen to warm, from Anglo-French chaufer, from Vulgar Latin *calfare, alteration of Latin calefacere, from calēre to be warm + facere to make — more at lee, do Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. irritate, vex 2. to warm by rubbing especially with the hands 3. a. to rub so as to wear away ; abrade <
the boat chafed its sides against the dock
b. to make sore by or as if by rubbing intransitive verb 1. to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience ; fret <
chafes at his restrictive desk job
2. to rub and thereby cause wear or irritation II. noun Date: 1551 1. a state of vexation ; rage 2. injury or wear caused by friction; also friction, rubbing

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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