1) Spellings of ‘chafe’, that is to spoil, decay, cause to rot.

1494 bred whiche was chaffed and myldewed and unholsome, York

1538 covered ... with single board which ... will through rain chawf and destroy all the timber, Knaresborough.

spellings chawf chafe
dates 1494 1538

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