Origin of gallingpresent participle of gall
The definition of galling is something very annoying or upsetting.
When you lose a contest to your bitter rival, this is an example of when the loss is galling.
Causing extreme irritation or chagrin; vexing: a galling delay; a galling setback to their plans.
- Present participle of gall.
From gall + -ing. The adjective follows from the verb.
- Obedience he made one of his great instruments, yet he never intended it to be a galling yoke.
- Three kinds of cattle-tax, the tax for exemption from military service, levied on every newborn male, forced labour on the roads, forced loan of horses, a heavy excise on grapes and tobacco, and a variety of lesser taxes combined to burden the Christian serfs; but even more galling than the amount was the manner in which these dues were exacted - the extortionate assessments of tax-farmers and excisemen, the brutal licence of the soldiery who were quartered on recalcitrant villagers.
- A steep slope, vineyards, low stone walls and abatis had all to be surmounted, under a galling fire from the Bavarian musketeers, before the Army of France found itself, breathless and in disorder, in front of the actual entrenchments of the crest.
- The niggardly policy of the board of directors, more intent on peaceful dividends than on warlike rule, could not but be galling to soldiers of fortune.
- He had little sympathy with Liberalism and abhorred revolution, but his hatred of Austria and his resentment at the galling tutelage to which she subjected him had gained strength year by year.