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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 and Etymology 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

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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 and Etymology 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

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of gall

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


First Known Use: 14th century


GALL Defined for English Language Learners


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gall

verb

Definition of gall for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel annoyed or angry


GALL Defined for Kids

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gall

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noun \ˈgȯl\

Definition of gall for Students

  1. 1 :  extreme boldness or rudeness <She had the gall to return my gift.>

  2. 2 :  bile especially when obtained from an animal for use in the arts or medicine


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gall

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noun

Definition of gall for Students

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


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gall

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verb

Definition of gall for Students

galled

galling

  1. 1 :  to make sore by rubbing

  2. 2 :  to annoy or make angry <His selfishness just galls me.>


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gall

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noun

Definition of gall for Students

  1. :  an abnormal swelling or growth on a twig or leaf


Medical Dictionary

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gall

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noun \ˈgȯl\

Medical Definition of gall

  1. :  bile; especially :  bile obtained from an animal and used in the arts or medicine


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gall

noun

Medical Definition of gall

  1. :  a skin sore caused by chronic irritation


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gall

transitive verb

Medical Definition of gall

  1. :  to rub and wear away by friction :  chafe <the loose saddle galled the horse's back>


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gall

noun

Medical Definition of gall

  1. :  a swelling of plant tissue usually due to fungi or insect parasites and sometimes forming an important source of tannin



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