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English noun: chafe

1. chafe (state) soreness and warmth caused by friction

SamplesHe had a nasty chafe on his knee.

Broader (hypernym)rawness, soreness, tenderness

2. chafe (feeling) anger produced by some annoying irritation

Synonymsannoyance, vexation

Broader (hypernym)anger, choler, ire

Narrower (hyponym)aggravation, displeasure, exasperation, frustration, harassment, irritation, pique, temper, torment

English verb: chafe

1. chafe (perception) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Synonymsfret, gall

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)irritate

2. chafe (emotion) feel extreme irritation or anger

SamplesHe was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

Verb groupannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

3. chafe (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.

Synonymsannoy, bother, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displease

Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle

Verb groupchafe

4. chafe (contact) tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

SamplesThis leash chafes the dog's neck.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off

5. chafe (contact) cause friction

SamplesMy sweater scratches.

Synonymsfray, fret, rub, scratch

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

6. chafe (change) warm by rubbing, as with the hands

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)warm

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