Chafe - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃeɪf|  American pronunciation of the word chafe
Brit.  |tʃeɪf|  British pronunciation of the word chafe


- soreness and warmth caused by friction
- anger produced by some annoying irritation (syn: annoyance, vexation)


- become or make sore by or as if by rubbing (syn: fret, gall)
- feel extreme irritation or anger
- cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations (syn: annoy, bother, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex)
- tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading(syn: excoriate)
- cause friction (syn: fray, fret, rub, scratch)
- warm by rubbing, as with the hands


When the strap is too tight, it chafes the baby's skin.

If my boots aren't laced up tight they chafe.

The baby's skin will chafe if the strap is too tight.

People in London are chafing at the continuing delays on the buses.

Silicon Valley firms chafe under burden of new rules.

Wear a T-shirt under your wetsuit to stop it chafing.

Some hunters are chafing under the new restrictions.

he had a nasty chafe on his knee

This leash chafes the dog's neck

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chafe
he/she/it: chafes
present participle: chafing
past tense: chafed
past participle: chafed
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