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 : to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness
2 : to feel anger and irritation
: to cause irritation or bitterness in
Examples of rankle
The joke about her family rankled her.
<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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