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1gall

noun \ˈgl\

Definition of GALL

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
:  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>.

2gall

noun

Definition of GALL

1
a :  a skin sore caused by chronic irritation
b :  a cause or state of exasperation
2
archaic :  flaw

Origin of GALL

Middle English galle, from Old English gealla, from Latin galla gallnut
First Known Use: before 12th century

3gall

verb

: to make (someone) feel annoyed or angry

Full Definition of GALL

transitive verb
1
:  to fret and wear away by friction :  chafe <the loose saddle galled the horse's back> <the galling of a metal bearing>
2
:  irritate, vex <sarcasm galls her>
intransitive verb
1
:  to become sore or worn by rubbing
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>

First Known Use of GALL

14th century

4gall

noun

Definition of GALL

:  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
GALLS Defined for Kids

1gall

noun \ˈgl\

Definition of GALL for Kids

1
:  extreme boldness or rudeness <She had the gall to return my gift.>
2
:  bile especially when obtained from an animal for use in the arts or medicine

2gall

noun

Definition of GALL for Kids

:  a sore spot (as on a horse's back) caused by rubbing

3gall

verb
galledgall·ing

Definition of GALL for Kids

1
:  to make sore by rubbing
2
:  to annoy or make angry <His selfishness just galls me.>

4gall

noun

Definition of GALL for Kids

:  an abnormal swelling or growth on a twig or leaf
July 01, 2015
precarious Hear it
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