chafe chafe  /ˈtʃeɪf/


  1. (n) soreness and warmth caused by friction
  2. (n) anger produced by some annoying irritation
  3. (v) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  4. (v) feel extreme irritation or anger
  5. (v) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  6. (v) tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
  7. (v) cause friction
  8. (v) warm by rubbing, as with the hands


  1. Political control is of the familiarly unyielding Chinese style: the Uighurs chafe under Beijing's grasp and have demanded independence.
  2. Her East Berlin neighbors may chafe under the drab dictatorship of the proletariat, but she believes.
  3. Bush's aides have begun to chafe at the idea that Baker is needed as some sort of savior for Iraq.


  • Sam Venable: Superman's skivvies go undercover

    The latest news on the fashion-entertainment front is making a lot of people chafe — and no amount of Gold Bond powder will ease their discomfort.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel


  1. "And for the Afghans who chafe at foreign boots on their soil, it sends a message that while America will remain committed to the Afghan people, we aren't interested in a permanent occupation," Mr. Kerry said.
    on Dec 3, 2009 By: John Kerry Source: New York Times

  2. "Anyone moving to a new culture must be prepared for periods of homesickness, alienation or even a sense of estrangement. But if you prepare to enjoy the country you live in and choose to go with the flow rather than chafe at the inconveniences and...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Andrea Source: Deccan Herald

  3. "There will always be those who chafe against censorship and those who defend the regime," says Kuo.
    on Jan 21, 2010 By: Kaiser Kuo Source: Christian Science Monitor

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