Adjective "Chafing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(with reference to a part of the body) make or become sore by rubbing against something.
  1. no object 'her arms chafed where the rope bit into them'
  2. 'The ropes were chafing her ankles, but at least her hands were free.'
  3. 'The collar of the stiff shirt was chafing slightly around the scars on his neck, and the ponytail he'd put his hair in was so tight it was liable to give him a headache.'
  4. 'These people mean business and can be stopped only with tanks or by buying them larger t-shirts that don't chafe the nipples.'
  5. 'Oddly enough, though the wounds haven't bothered him in years, Jonnie is abruptly aware that his shirt collar is chafing at the rough scar tissue left over from that old attack.'
  6. 'The irritation diminished, but the cuff still chafed when he stood.'
  7. 'He took care with it, making sure to leave no knots of thread that would chafe bruised skin.'
  8. 'He then proceeded to tell me how pantyhose tend to chafe him.'
  9. 'Careful not to make a sound to disturb his two fellow inmates, he pulled the rough woollen blanket up towards him (it chafed his moisturised chin) and tried to sleep.'
  10. 'Bruises and scratches covered her, especially where the straps had chafed and cut into her: wrists, ankles, angry sores across her muzzle.'
  11. 'My mother has brought her own bed-linen, from home, and below my hot cheek, chafing it, is a butterfly: spreading luxuriant wings, embroidered on the pillowcase by my mother's own hand.'
  12. 'There was absolutely no evidence of chafing, wear or any damage to it.'
  13. 'Check for upper radiator hose wear as it sits near an engine-mounting bolt and can chafe.'
Rub (a part of the body) to restore warmth or sensation.
  1. 'Reaching the sitting area, he grinned at Jake and flopped into another chair, chafing his hands to get a modicum of feeling back into them.'
  2. 'There they go round the fire, rubbing and chafing their hands to keep the blood in circulation, and almost fighting each other to see which shall sit on the fire and get warm.'
Become or make annoyed or impatient because of a restriction or inconvenience.
  1. with object 'it chafed him to be confined like this'
  2. 'He spoke bitterly, aware that the decision had been made, and chafing under its harsh restrictions.'
  3. 'They chafe at labeling as pathological qualities that may be merely irritating.'
  4. 'Haydon, too, was chafing under classical strictures.'
  5. 'He chafed less under the authority of mothers, though in at least two works he shows a secret anger there, too.'
  6. 'Peres has been chafing under the limitations, and Palestinians are concerned that Peres might not have Sharon's backing in the talks.'
  7. 'Iraq in this case has been a catalyst that has brought to the surface the rumblings within a Europe that seems to be chafing under an assumption that their interests be subsumed into a Franco-German vision for Europe.'
  8. 'You end up irritating and chafing a lot of judges doing your job.'
  9. 'The last two, in particular, chafed at the restrictions of religious orthodoxy, but like Galileo after them, chose to live and continue their researches in preference to martyrdom.'
  10. 'Instead of an air of holiness or solemnity, he shows us kids chafing under restrictions just as they would in a boarding school or a summer camp.'
  11. 'Bonham Carter shows us an Olivia who is feisty and strong, chafing at her restrictions and only too happy to entertain the amusing Cesario.'


Wear or damage caused by rubbing.
  1. 'These will absorb an awful lot of chafe, and if they do chafe though, veer just a little more line and a new piece of hose will be in the chock to take the chafe.'
  2. 'Instead, I have put just a little vaseline on to prevent chafe before really long runs.'
  3. 'Chafe can be a problem around the upper thighs particularly in hot climates and on rough roads but this can be reduced by using petroleum jelly and has not generally been a significant problem.'
A state of annoyance.
  1. 'Look, prithee, Charmian, How this herculean Roman does become the carriage of his chafe.'
  2. 'Y'all disenfranchise and marginalize the black man and you expect him to bear his chafe?'

More definitions

verb (used with object), chafed, chafing.

1. to wear or abrade by rubbing: He chafed his shoes on the rocks.

2. to make sore by rubbing: Her collar chafed her neck.

3. to irritate; annoy: The dripping of the faucet chafed her nerves.

4. to warm by rubbing: to chafe cold hands.

5. Obsolete. to heat; make warm.

verb (used without object), chafed, chafing.

6. to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar.

7. to rub; press with fricti


(chafe)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘make warm’): from Old French chaufer ‘make hot’, based on Latin calefacere, from calere ‘be hot’ + facere ‘make’.


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