- The definition of gall is a bitter feeling or a very bold and rude action.
- An example of gall is how an army feels after losing the war.
- An example of gall is a wife canceling a divorce action with a dying husband because she knows she will get more from his life insurance after he dies than she would from just the divorce settlement.
- Gall is defined as to irritate by rubbing.
An example of gall is an irritation on the back of a horse caused by the rubbing of a saddle.
- bile (sense )
- Archaic the gallbladder
- something that is bitter or distasteful
- bitter feeling; rancor
- rude boldness; impudence; audacity
Origin of gallMiddle English galle from Old English (Anglian) galla (WS gealla), akin to German galle from Indo-European base an unverified form ?hel-, to shine, yellow from source Classical Latin fel, gall, Classical Greek chol?, bile
- a sore on the skin, esp. of a horse's back, caused by rubbing or chafing
- irritation or annoyance, or a cause of this
Origin of gallMiddle English galle from Old English gealla from Classical Latin galla: see gall
- to injure or make sore by rubbing; chafe
- to irritate; annoy; vex
Origin of gallME gallen < the n. (or < OFr galer, to scratch < galle < L galla)
Origin of gallMiddle English galle from Old French from Classical Latin galla, gallnut, origin, originally , spherical growth from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, to form into a ball from source clay, clot
- Outrageous insolence; effrontery: After borrowing my car, he had the gall to complain about its seats.
- a. Bitterness of feeling; rancor.b. Something bitter to endure: the gall of defeat.
- See bile.
Origin of gallMiddle English galle gallbladder, bile, courage from Old English gealla, galla bile ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A skin sore caused by friction and abrasion: a saddle gall.
- a. Exasperation; vexation.b. The cause of such vexation.
verbgalled, gall·ing, galls
- To irk or exasperate; vex: It galled me to have to wait outside.
- To wear away or make sore by abrasion; chafe:
Origin of gallMiddle English galle from Old English gealla possibly from Latin galla nutgall
Origin of gallMiddle English galle from Old French from Latin galla nutgall
galls on the underside of an oak leaf, caused by a gall wasp