Chafe vs Graze - What's the difference?

chafe | graze |

As verbs the difference between chafe and graze

is that chafe is while graze is to feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc) with grass; to furnish pasture for.

As a noun graze is

the act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Heat excited by friction.
  • Injury or wear caused by friction.
  • Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.5:
  • Like a wylde Bull, that, being at a bay, / Is bayted of a mastiffe and a hound / […] That in his chauffe he digs the trampled ground / And threats his horns […].


  • To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  • To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  • To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
  • To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the troubled Tiber chafing with her shores
  • * Longfellow
  • made its great boughs chafe together
  • To be worn by rubbing.
  • A cable chafes .
  • To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.
  • * 1996 , Jim Schiller , Developing Jepara in New Order Indonesia , page 58:
  • Many local politicians chafed under the restrictions of Guided Democracy


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    (en noun)
  • The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
  • A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
  • Verb

  • To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • a field or two to graze his cows
  • * 1999:' Although it is perfectly good meadowland, none of the villagers has ever '''grazed animals on the meadow on the other side of the wall. — ''Stardust , Neil Gaiman, page 4 (2001 Perennial Edition).
  • (ambitransitive) To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
  • Cattle graze in the meadows.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead.
  • * 1993 , John Montroll, Origami Inside-Out (page 41)
  • The bird [Canada goose] is more often found on land than other waterfowl because of its love for seeds and grains. The long neck is well adapted for grazing .
  • To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • when Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
  • To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
  • the bullet grazed the wall
  • * 1851 ,
  • But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship’s direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through.
  • To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
  • to graze one's knee
  • To yield grass for grazing.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The sewers must be kept so as the water may not stay too long in the spring; for then the ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose that year.

    Derived terms

    * overgraze


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