Synonyms for Chafe:


massage, knead, run, buff. go off at the deep end, rise to, mind, lose your cool, see red, snap, hold against, lose your temper (with), fly into a temper/rage, bug, ruffle, lose it, feelings, provoke. chafe (noun)
excoriate, gravel, get to, scratch, rile, annoyance, fray, vexation, rub, gall, vex, fret, nark, get at, bother, irritate, nettle, rag, annoy.


aggravate (verb)
perturb, enrage, bother, irk, discompose, pester, trouble, annoy, exacerbate, tease, needle, peeve, antagonize, rankle, exasperate, upset, bedevil, badger, vex, envenom, nag, infuriate, bait, arouse, harry, hassle.
annoy (verb)
vex, harass, rasp, rub, irk, fret, exasperate, provoke, annoy, bother.
chafe (verb)
scrape, resist, fret, scrub, harass, irritate, rasp, wear, rub, abrade, grind, disturb, aggravate, grate.
pain (verb)
anguish, rack, crick, ache, throe, pain, cramp, hurt, smart, sting, distress, throb, suffer, discomfort, inflame, torment, sore, stitch, wrench, agonize, torture, afflict.
perception (verb)
gall, fret.
rub, grind against (verb)
hurt, irritate, grate, abrade, scratch, ruffle, wear, gall, excoriate, inflame, scrape.

Other synonyms:

knead. run, ruffle. provoke. gall

Usage examples for chafe

  1. If ever these men, planning perhaps their first ill deed, were struck dumb with astonishment, it was to see the gentleman they were intending to rob take up their comrade in his arms, drag him towards the carriage- lamps, rub snow on his face, and chafe his heavy hands. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. Yet they would chafe if I were to appear among them without these. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  3. At first, the ease and leisure at the Dene had their charm for him, but by degrees he came to chafe at them. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss