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CHAFE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does chafe mean? 

CHAFE (noun)
  The noun CHAFE has 2 senses:

1. soreness and warmth caused by friction
2. anger produced by some annoying irritation

  Familiarity information: CHAFE used as a noun is rare.


CHAFE (verb)
  The verb CHAFE has 6 senses:

1. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
2. feel extreme irritation or anger
3. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
4. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
5. cause friction
6. warm by rubbing, as with the hands

  Familiarity information: CHAFE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHAFE (noun)


Sense 1chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Soreness and warmth caused by friction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he had a nasty chafe on his knee

Hypernyms ("chafe" is a kind of...):

rawness; soreness; tenderness (a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched))


Sense 2chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anger produced by some annoying irritation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

vexation; annoyance; chafe

Hypernyms ("chafe" is a kind of...):

anger; choler; ire (a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "chafe"):

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)


CHAFE (verb)


Sense 1chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

chafe; gall; fret

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

irritate (excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel extreme irritation or anger

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

experience; feel (undergo an emotional sensation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

nark; irritate; gravel; rile; devil; vex; annoy; rag; bother; nettle; get to; get at; chafe

Context examples:

Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me / It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "chafe"):

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

fret (cause annoyance in)

ruffle (trouble or vex)

peeve (cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful)

eat into; fret; grate; rankle (gnaw into; make resentful or angry)

get; get under one's skin (irritate)

antagonise; antagonize (provoke the hostility of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 4chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

excoriate; chafe

Context example:

This leash chafes the dog's neck

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

abrade; abrase; corrade; rub down; rub off (wear away)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause friction

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

scratch; fray; rub; chafe; fret

Context example:

my sweater scratches

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

adjoin; contact; meet; touch (be in direct physical contact with; make contact)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6chafe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Warm by rubbing, as with the hands

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "chafe" is one way to...):

warm (make warm or warmer)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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