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.
- His death was an overwhelming grief to Chesterfield, and the discovery that he had long been married to a lady of humble origin must have been galling in the extreme to his father after his careful instruction in worldly wisdom.
- The circumstances under which the battle of the Downs was won were galling to the pride of the English people, and intensified the growing unfriendliness between two nations, one of whom possessed and the other claimed supremacy upon the seas.