gall·​ing | \ ˈgȯ-liŋ How to pronounce galling (audio) \

Definition of galling

: markedly irritating : vexing a most galling defeat

Other Words from galling

gallingly \ ˈgȯ-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce galling (audio) \ adverb

Examples of galling in a Sentence

This is a galling defeat. her holier-than-thou attitude is galling
Recent Examples on the Web Who’s the most galling, captivating character on our screens this summer? Martin Weil, Washington Post, 1 July 2020 The crackdown has been most galling to people mourning family members. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 May 2020 The exclusion was all the more galling considering that Awkwafina earned a Golden Globe and Zhao picked up an Independent Spirit Award. NBC News, 11 Feb. 2020 The really galling fact is that, even after those cuts, Sanders’s plan would still cost more than $36 trillion over the next ten years. Michael Tanner, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 Not only is that a galling and unjust situation, but, like all trickle-down strategies, its economic value is decidedly limited. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, 12 Mar. 2020 Each statistic is as galling as the next: The average American reported working 47 hours per week, per a 2014 Gallup poll. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 14 Jan. 2020 But honestly, none of that would be so bad except for the most galling aspect of today’s Halloween protocol: the fact that most parents don’t allow their children to keep their haul., 12 Oct. 2019 His death became a galling illustration of the city’s inability to shield cyclists from danger. Rachel Swan,, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 2

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The first known use of galling was in 1583

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“Galling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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