- 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
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
- 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.
- 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.