Chafe (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed (?); p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.] [OE. chaufen to warm, OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. See Caldron.]

1.

To ecxite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin. Spenser.

2.

To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

Her intercession chafed him. Shak.

3.

To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed. Sir W. Scott.

Syn. -- To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.

 

© Webster 1913.


Chafe, v. i.

To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

Made its great boughs chafe together. Longfellow.

The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. Shak.

2.

To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

3.

To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

Spenser.

He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Chafe, n.

1.

Heat excited by friction.

2.

Injury or wear caused by friction.

3.

Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall. Camden.

 

© Webster 1913.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.