chafe

To chafe is to irritate or annoy. If your shoes chafe you, they rub your skin raw. Ouch. If you chafe at the suggestion that you should be studying more, the suggestion rubs you the wrong way.

Chafe originally meant to warm, like a chafing dish on a hotel buffet. Though this may seem like a big jump, think of when your hands are cold and you rub them together to warm them up. So you can say that rubbed skin is kind of hot as is a temper flaring up from irritation. If you are a hot head, you are easily chafed.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: chafe

1
vn
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
soreness and warmth caused by friction
2
vn
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
anger produced by some annoying irritation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: chafe
1

v become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Synonyms:
fret, gall
Type of:
irritate
excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

v tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

“This leash chafes the dog's neck”
Synonyms:
excoriate
Type of:
abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off
wear away

v cause friction

Synonyms:
fray, fret, rub, scratch
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

v warm by rubbing, as with the hands

Type of:
warm
make warm or warmer

n soreness and warmth caused by friction

“he had a nasty chafe on his knee”
Type of:
rawness, soreness, tenderness
a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
2

v cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Synonyms:
annoy, bother, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
Types:
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get, get under one's skin
irritate
eat into, fret, grate, rankle
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
peeve
cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle
trouble or vex
fret
cause annoyance in
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
antagonise, antagonize
provoke the hostility of
goad, needle
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly
haze
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
Type of:
displease
give displeasure to

v feel extreme irritation or anger

“He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation”
Synonyms
annoy, bother, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

n anger produced by some annoying irritation

Synonyms:
annoyance, vexation
Types:
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irritation, pique, temper
a sudden outburst of anger
frustration
a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized
aggravation, exasperation
an exasperated feeling of annoyance
harassment, torment
a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
displeasure
the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
Type of:
anger, choler, ire
a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
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