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Synonyms for chafe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chafe(noun)

    soreness and warmth caused by friction

    "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

    annoyance, vexation

  2. annoyance, chafe, vexation(verb)

    anger produced by some annoying irritation

    annoying, pain, worry, pain in the neck, concern, pain in the ass, infliction, bother, irritation, annoyance, headache, vexation, botheration, aggravator

  3. chafe, gall, fret(verb)

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

    eat into, get at, rile, rankle, devil, irk, nettle, fret, gag, vex, excoriate, irritate, erode, eat away, scratch, bother, annoy, fuss, fray, gall, choke, niggle, rag, nark, grate, get to, rub, gravel

  4. chafe(verb)

    feel extreme irritation or anger

    "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

    get at, rile, devil, nettle, fret, vex, excoriate, irritate, scratch, bother, annoy, fray, gall, rag, nark, get to, rub, gravel

  5. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    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"

    nark, dumbfound, get at, reproof, chide, bait, mystify, urticate, rile, fret, dun, cod, razz, crucify, stick, bedevil, reprimand, reach, amaze, lambaste, devil, get to, rub, tantalise, frustrate, annoy, chew out, beat, lambast, trounce, tease, taunt, roil, access, berate, chew up, disoblige, torment, stupefy, lecture, trouble oneself, agitate, put out, rag, discommode, inconvenience oneself, ride, bewilder, dress down, irritate, tantalize, stir up, rally, make, remonstrate, flummox, incommode, get, baffle, jaw, rebuke, worry, pose, vex, inconvenience, perplex, raise up, bother, gravel, disturb, take to task, fray, gall, puzzle, trouble, bawl out, scratch, nettle, progress to, call on the carpet, commove, twit, excoriate, have words, scold, call down, shake up, nonplus

  6. chafe, excoriate(verb)

    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

    "This leash chafes the dog's neck"

    get at, rile, devil, nettle, objurgate, fret, vex, excoriate, irritate, decry, scratch, bother, annoy, reprobate, fray, condemn, gall, rag, nark, get to, rub, gravel

  7. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

    fuss, eat into, itch, excise, gag, choke, scratch up, nark, erode, fret, excoriate, bother, rile, scrub, gravel, strike, rub, inscribe, rankle, get to, eat away, come up, scrape up, scrape, cancel, nettle, gall, call off, get at, engrave, scratch, irritate, annoy, frazzle, niggle, rag, expunge, vex, grate, fray, devil, grave

  8. chafe(verb)

    warm by rubbing, as with the hands

    get at, rile, devil, nettle, fret, vex, excoriate, irritate, scratch, bother, annoy, fray, gall, rag, nark, get to, rub, gravel

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. chafe

    bind, grind, slide, slip, stand, stick

    revolve, roll, rotate, turn

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. chafe

    gall, rub, vex, irritate, chagrin, tease, harass, disappoint, grieve, annoy, worry, calcitrate, re sent, resist, fret, fidget, writhe

    soothe, smooth, coax, calm, humor, console, submit, endure, succumb, crouch, truckle

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. chafe(v. a.)

    rub, hurt by rubbing, wear by rubbing

  2. chafe(v. a.)

    irritate, vex, annoy, fret, tease, gall, chagrin, provoke, ruffle, offend, nettle, incense, enrage, exasperate, anger, make angry

  3. chafe(v. n.)

    be rubbed, be worn by rubbing

  4. chafe(v. n.)

    rage, fret, fume

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. chafe(v)

    rub, gall, irritate, fret, fume, rage

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How to use chafe in a sentence?

  1. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    Desire nothing, Chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.

Translations for chafe

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  • търкам, протривам, горещя, ожулване, разразнение, дразня, протриване, трияBulgarian
  • gnavesårDanish
  • durchscheuern, reiben, scheuern, Schürfwunde, verschleißenGerman
  • escocimiento, escocer, irritar, irritaciónSpanish
  • hiertymä, hankauma, hangata, ärsytys, ärsyttää, hankautua, ärsyyntyäFinnish
  • vexer, chauffer en frictionnant, inflammation, colère, abrasion, énervement, irriterFrench
  • मसलनाHindi
  • 摩擦, 擦過傷Japanese
  • hotu, mōhanihani, pākanikaniMāori
  • schaafwonde, pijnlijke ruwe plek, afslijten, schuren, irriteren, vervelen, opgewarmd door wrijving, ergernis, woede, ergeren, opwinden, verslijtenDutch
  • enraivecer, desgastar, irritar-se, esfolamento, friccionar, atritar, raivaPortuguese
  • ссадина, досада, гнев, натирать, тереться, протираться, горячиться, злиться, раздражаться, потёртость, раздражение, недовольство, натереть, тереть, дразнить, протеретьсяRussian
  • skavsår, skavSwedish

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