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Synonyms for chafe

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chafenoun

    soreness and warmth caused by friction

    "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

    annoyance, vexation

  2. annoyance, chafe, vexationverb

    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, fretverb

    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. chafeverb

    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, devilverb

    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, excoriateverb

    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, scratchverb

    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. chafeverb

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. chafeverb

    rub, hurt by rubbing, wear by rubbing

  2. chafeverb

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

  3. chafeverb

    be rubbed, be worn by rubbing

  4. chafeverb

    rage, fret, fume

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. chafeverb

    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.

  2. Michael Barbaro:

    I think the reason I chafe at the' front page of The Times' is because we're not picking the most important story every day, we're not a newsroom of a thousand people making that decision together. We're a team of people saying this is the most compelling audio story that we think we can tell this day.

Translations for chafe

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  • търкам, протривам, трия, протриване, дразня, разразнение, ожулване, горещяBulgarian
  • gnavesårDanish
  • durchscheuern, Schürfwunde, reiben, verschleißen, scheuernGerman
  • escocer, irritar, escocimiento, irritaciónSpanish
  • hankauma, ärsyyntyä, hankautua, ärsyttää, ärsytys, hangata, hiertymäFinnish
  • abrasion, énervement, colère, irriter, vexer, chauffer en frictionnant, inflammationFrench
  • मसलनाHindi
  • 摩擦, 擦過傷Japanese
  • hotu, pākanikani, mōhanihaniMāori
  • ergeren, pijnlijke ruwe plek, afslijten, verslijten, schuren, opwinden, woede, ergernis, opgewarmd door wrijving, vervelen, schaafwonde, irriterenDutch
  • friccionar, desgastar, atritar, raiva, irritar-se, esfolamento, enraivecerPortuguese
  • досада, тереться, дразнить, злиться, протереться, протираться, ссадина, горячиться, тереть, натереть, недовольство, гнев, раздражение, потёртость, раздражаться, натиратьRussian
  • skavsår, skavSwedish

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