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  Definition of chafe
  1. anger produced by some annoying irritation
  2. soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
  3. warm by rubbing, as with the hands
  4. cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
  5. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog''s neck"
  6. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
  7. feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
  8. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Similar Words: annoyance, vexation, rub, fray, fret, scratch, excoriate, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, devil, gall

 

Hyponyms: pique, temper, irritation, frustration, aggravation, exasperation, harassment, torment, displeasure, get, get under one's skin, eat into, fret, rankle, grate, peeve, ruffle, harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke, antagonize, antagonise

 

Grouped Verbs: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, devil

 

Derivational Morphology: gall, fret, rub, fray, scratch, excoriate, abrasion, scrape, excoriation, friction, rubbing, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan, irritation, annoyance, vexation, botheration, annoying, tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer, pique, temper, aggravation, provocation, irritant, thorn, bother, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass, worn spot, saddle sore

 

 
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