—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. 1. to become worn or sore from rubbing: His neck began to chafe from the starched collar. 2. to rub; press with friction: The horse chafed against his stall. 3. to be irritated or annoyed: He chafed at their constant interruptions. 4. chafe at the bit, to become impatient at delay: The work was going very slowly, and he began to chafe at the bit.
—n. 1. irritation; annoyance.
2. heat, wear, or soreness caused by rubbing.