verb \ˈraŋ-kəl\

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

ran·kledran·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RANKLE

intransitive verb
:  to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness
:  to feel anger and irritation
transitive verb
:  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

Rhymes with RANKLE


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