Chafe

Definition of Chafe

Pronunciation: chāf
v. t.1.To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
[imp. & p. p. Chafed (chāft); p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.]
To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin.
- Spenser.
2.To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
Her intercession chafed him.
- Shak.
3.To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed.
- Sir W. Scott.
v. i.1.To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
Made its great boughs chafe together.
- Longfellow.
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores.
- Shak.
2.To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
3.To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.
- Shak.
n.1.Heat excited by friction.
2.Injury or wear caused by friction.
3.Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall.
- Camden.

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