- 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.
galling definition by Webster's New World
chafing; very annoying; irritating; vexing
Origin: present participle of gall
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- gallingly adverb
galling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Causing extreme irritation or chagrin; vexing: a galling delay; a galling setback to their plans.
- gallˈing·ly adverb