chafe

/chayf/, v., chafed, chafing, n.
v.t.
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. Obs. to heat; make warm.
v.i.
6. to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar.
7. to rub; press with friction: The horse chafed against his stall.
8. to be irritated or annoyed: He chafed at their constant interruptions.
9. chafe at the bit, to become impatient at delay: The work was going very slowly, and he began to chafe at the bit.
n.
10. irritation; annoyance.
11. heat, wear, or soreness caused by rubbing.
[1275-1325; ME chaufen to heat, rub, chafe < MF chaufer < VL *calfare, var. of L cal(e)facere, equiv. to cale- (s. of calere to be hot) + facere to make]
Syn. 3. exasperate, vex, trouble, provoke.

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