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gall

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noun \ˈgȯl\

Definition of gall

  1. 1 a :  bile; especially :  bile obtained from an animal and used in the arts or medicine b :  something bitter to endure c :  bitterness of spirit :  rancor

  2. 2 :  brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence



Origin of gall

Middle English, from Old English gealla; akin to Greek cholē, cholos gall, wrath, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of gall

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger <had the temerity to refuse>. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence <an entrepreneur with audacity and vision>. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance <admired for her hardihood>. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy <outraged at his effrontery>. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery <the nerve of that guy> <has the cheek to call herself a singer> <had the gall to demand proof> <the chutzpah needed for a career in show business>.

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gall

noun

Definition of gall

  1. 1 a :  a skin sore caused by chronic irritation b :  a cause or state of exasperation

  2. 2 archaic :  flaw



Origin of gall

Middle English galle, from Old English gealla, from Latin galla gallnut


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gall

verb

Simple Definition of gall

  • : to make (someone) feel annoyed or angry

Full Definition of gall

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fret and wear away by friction :  chafe <the loose saddle galled the horse's back> <the galling of a metal bearing>

  3. 2 :  irritate, vex <sarcasm galls her>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become sore or worn by rubbing

  6. 2 :  seize 2

Examples of gall

  1. It galls me that such a small group of people can have so much power.

  2. <move that rope so the sharp edge of the hull doesn't gall it>



14th Century

First Known Use of gall

14th century


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gall

noun

Definition of gall

  1. :  an abnormal outgrowth of plant tissue usually due to insect or mite parasites or fungi and sometimes forming an important source of tannin — see gall wasp illustration



Origin of gall

Middle English galle, from Anglo-French, from Latin galla


First Known Use: 14th century



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