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  • v. Present participle of chafe.
  • n. The act by which something is chafed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rubbing, or wearing by friction; making by rubbing.

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

  • n. soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • My neck muscles have only grown a bit sore from blowing my nose and the chafing from the rough toilet paper is already starting to heal.

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  • I struggled as best I could, but soon I too was bound in chafing rope and hauled up on deck.

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  • This chafing is bound to act and react, producing divers evils and leading to various misfortunes.

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  • Live fuel, hoisted in chafing dishes at the end of long poles, and being seen at a great distance, serves, by the smoke in the daytime and the light at night, as a better signal for march than the sound of

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  • Her jeans, waist-baring low-riders, were rolled up just beyond her calves until Michael (our serene and tan guide for the day) mentioned she might want to roll them back down to avoid "chafing" - the kind of advice you don't ignore. Article Feed

  • A senior British lawmaker confessed to making up the condition known as “cello scrotum” — which relates to chafing from the instrument — after reading about another musically-related ailment called “guitarist’s nipple” in the British Medical Journal in 1974.

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  • Thus, as Houlbrooke and many other scholars make clear, Moulsworth was not alone in chafing at the educational limits imposed on women. [

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  • Apple is contemplating a prepaid unlimited-music option for the iPod and iPhone , but record labels chafing under iTunes' domination of the digital-music market could cut a deal with a company like Omnifone.

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  • 'Like the camellia, I suppose,' he replied; and taking his other crutch from Charlotte, he began determinedly to ascend without assistance, resolved to keep Philip a prisoner below him as long as he could, and enjoying the notion of chafing him by the delay.

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  • As a physician, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that if your nipples are bleeding and you are not chafing, that is a time to see your doctor as something more serious may be going on.

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