gall·​ing | \ˈgȯ-liŋ \

Definition of galling 

: markedly irritating : vexing a most galling defeat

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Other Words from galling

gallingly \ˈgȯ-​liŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of galling in a Sentence

This is a galling defeat. her holier-than-thou attitude is galling

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To San Francisco cyclists, the blocks that ripple out from the downtown Caltrain station at Fourth and Townsend streets are a galling illustration of the city’s inability to smooth their path and protect them. Rachel Swan,, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018 What makes this all so galling, and perhaps not only to Michigan graduates like me, is that Trump has presided over a comprehensive assault on intellectual standards in public life. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Populist’ Trump Turns Up Nose at Public University Graduates," 9 July 2018 Most galling, Huggins couldn't afford a lawyer but was obliged by the loan contract to pay for the company's. Peter Whoriskey,, "Unsolicited checks can be a lifeline and an albatross," 2 July 2018 The defeat was even more galling as Arsenal had taken an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette., "Twitter Reacts As Arsenal Fall to Yet Another Premier League Away Defeat at Newcastle," 15 Apr. 2018 But perhaps the most galling myth is the idea that lower pay is justified because women have less experience. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Bridging the Gap on Equal Pay Day," 10 Apr. 2018 Most galling to Raisman is that out front, officials acted as if the gymnasts were pampered. Sally Jenkins,, "Aly Raisman: Conditions at Karolyi Ranch made athletes vulnerable to Larry Nassar," 14 Mar. 2018 The selective moral outrage here is galling, predictable and oh so blatant. Fox News, "Woolsey: Trump keeps the North Koreans off balance," 12 June 2018 And its pretty galling for their future to be decided by the U.S. president. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Six Things We Learned About the Trump-Kim Summit From the Reddit AMA with TIME's Charlie Campbell," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of galling

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galling

from present participle of gall entry 3

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The first known use of galling was in 1583

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English Language Learners Definition of galling

: causing someone to feel angry or annoyed

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to make faulty or ineffective

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