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.

Definitions of chafe
  1. verb
    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    synonyms: fret, gall
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    irritate
    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  2. verb
    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
    “This leash chafes the dog's neck”
    synonyms: excoriate
  3. verb
    cause friction
    synonyms: fray, fret, rub, scratch
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    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  4. verb
    warm by rubbing, as with the hands
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    warm
    make warm or warmer
  5. noun
    soreness and warmth caused by friction
    “he had a nasty chafe on his knee”
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    rawness, soreness, tenderness
    a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
  6. verb
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    synonyms: annoy, bother, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
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    get, get under one's skin
    irritate
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, 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
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    displease
    give displeasure to
  7. verb
    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
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  8. noun
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
    synonyms: annoyance, vexation
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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
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    anger, choler, ire
    a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
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