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rankle

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verb ran·kle \ˈraŋ-kəl\

Simple Definition of rankle

  • : to cause (someone) to feel angry or irritated especially for a long time

Full Definition of rankle

ran·kledran·kling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness

  3. 2 :  to feel anger and irritation

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause irritation or bitterness in

Examples of rankle

  1. The joke about her family rankled her.

  2. <that kind of rude treatment from a young person makes me rankle>



Origin of rankle

Middle English ranclen to fester, from Anglo-French rancler, from Old French draoncler, raoncler, from draoncle, raoncle festering sore, from Medieval Latin dracunculus, from Latin, diminutive of draco serpent — more at dragon


First Known Use: 1606

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