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

  • n. Heat excited by friction.
  • n. Injury or wear caused by friction.
  • n. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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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