Gall meaning

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Something that is bitter or distasteful.
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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.

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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.

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Outrageous insolence; effrontery.

After borrowing my car, he had the gall to complain about its seats.

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A skin sore caused by friction and abrasion.

A saddle gall.

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To irk or exasperate; vex.

It galled me to have to wait outside.

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To wear away or make sore by abrasion; chafe.
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To become worn or sore by abrasion.
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An abnormal growth of plant tissue caused by an organism, such as an insect, mite, or bacterium, or by a wound.
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(archaic) The gallbladder.
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Bitter feeling; rancor.
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Rude boldness; impudence; audacity.
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A sore on the skin, esp. of a horse's back, caused by rubbing or chafing.
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Irritation or annoyance, or a cause of this.
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To injure or make sore by rubbing; chafe.
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To irritate; annoy; vex.
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(rare) To become sore from rubbing or chafing.
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A tumor on plant tissue caused by stimulation by fungi, insects, or bacteria: galls formed on oak trees have a high tannic acid content and are used commercially.
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A skin sore caused by friction and abrasion.

A saddle gall.

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To wear away or make sore by abrasion; chafe.
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To become worn or sore by abrasion.
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An abnormal swelling of plant tissue, caused by injury or by parasitic organisms such as insects, mites, nematodes, and bacteria. Parasites stimulate the production of galls by secreting chemical irritants on or in the plant tissue. Galls stimulated by egg-laying parasites typically provide a protective environment in which the eggs can hatch and the pupae develop, and they usually do only minor damage to the host plant. Gall-stimulating fungi and microorganisms, such as the bacterium that causes crown gall, are generally considered to be plant diseases.
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Origin of gall

  • Middle English galle gallbladder, bile, courage from Old English gealla, galla bile ghel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English galle from Old English gealla possibly from Latin galla nutgall

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English galle from Old French from Latin galla nutgall

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition