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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: chaufer 'to warm', from Latin calefacere, from calere 'to be warm' + facere 'to make'


1 [intransitive and transitive] if a part of your body chafes or if something chafes it, it becomes sore because of something rubbing against it:
Wear a T-shirt under your wetsuit to stop it chafing.
2 [intransitive] to feel impatient or annoyed
chafe at/against/under
Some hunters are chafing under the new restrictions.
3 [transitive] British English to rub part of your body to make it warm

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