Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To wear away or irritate by rubbing.
  • transitive v. To annoy; vex.
  • transitive v. To warm by rubbing, as with the hands.
  • intransitive v. To rub and cause irritation or friction: The high collar chafed against my neck.
  • intransitive v. To become worn or sore from rubbing.
  • intransitive v. To feel irritated or impatient: chafed at the delay.
  • n. Warmth, wear, or soreness produced by friction.
  • n. Annoyance; vexation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Heat excited by friction.
  • n. Injury or wear caused by friction.
  • n. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
  • v. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  • v. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  • v. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
  • v. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  • v. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
  • v. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  • transitive v. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  • transitive v. To fret and wear by rubbing.
  • intransitive v. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  • intransitive v. To be worn by rubbing.
  • intransitive v. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
  • n. Heat excited by friction.
  • n. Injury or wear caused by friction.
  • n. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To heat; make warm.
  • To excite heat in or make warm by friction; stimulate to warmth by rubbing, as with the hands: as, to chafe the limbs.
  • To fret and wear by friction; abrade; especially, abrade (the skin) by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; gall: as, the coarse garments chafed his skin.
  • To irritate; annoy; vex; gall; make angry.
  • To stimulate, as by pungent odors; perfume. [Rare.]
  • To animate; revive; inspirit; encourage.
  • Synonyms 3. To rub, wear.
  • To gall, vex, irritate, heat, ruffle, exasperate.
  • To be or become heated.
  • To be fretted and worn by rubbing: as, the cable chafed against a rock.
  • To be irritated or annoyed; fret; fume.
  • To be in violent agitation; rage or boil; dash, as in anger; fret.
  • n. Heat excited by friction.
  • n. An irritated mental condition arising from continued provocation or annoyance; heated impatience or anger, especially under restraint or a sense of injury; a fretful tendency or state; vexation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • n. anger produced by some annoying irritation
  • v. cause friction
  • v. warm by rubbing, as with the hands
  • v. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  • v. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
  • v. feel extreme irritation or anger
  • n. soreness and warmth caused by friction

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English chafen, from Old French chaufer, to warm, from Vulgar Latin *calefāre, alteration of Latin calefacere : calēre, to be warm; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English chaufen ("to warm"), from Old French chaufer (modern French chauffer), from Latin calefacere, calfacere ("to make warm"), from calere ("to be warm") + facere ("to make"). See caldron.

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  • Horking really chafes my ass.

    July 31, 2008

  • "Hard cheese" *snort*

    July 31, 2008

  • No worries Skip, it was just a typo. A missing >, I think.

    July 31, 2008

  • Hard cheese for a web designer, placing borked code on a public site.

    *contemplating moving to another line of work*

    July 31, 2008

  • Bork away, John. I didn't catch the error before it appeared. What was the issue?

    July 31, 2008

  • Borked stuff really chafes my ass.

    July 31, 2008

  • Skip, hope you don't mind, I deborked it.

    July 31, 2008

  • The html in the link is borked.

    July 31, 2008

  • (psst... skipvia, I think you're missing some words in your comment that, oddly, appear on the front page.)

    July 31, 2008

  • C_B's comment reminded me of the Sheriff of Rottingham's immortal line in Robin Hood; Men in Tights, when, on encountering Marian's chastity belt, he exclaims, "That's really going to chafe my willie."

    July 31, 2008

  • Uhh... okay. *wonders what to do with it*

    July 30, 2008

  • Here, have a cockchafer.

    July 30, 2008

  • Yeah, onegoodbee! It really chafes my ass!

    July 30, 2008

  • Mostly, yes. But not always. Sometimes one can find delicious tasty morsels in a chafing dish.

    July 30, 2008

  • oh this is a horrible word!

    July 30, 2008