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

Definition of galling

: markedly irritating : vexing a most galling defeat

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Other Words from galling

gallingly \ ˈgȯ-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce gallingly (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, "Body found in suburban lake after distress cry heard, authorities say," 1 July 2020 The crackdown has been most galling to people mourning family members. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Coronavirus Survivors Want Answers, and China Is Silencing Them," 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, "'Parasite' made history, but the Academy still doesn't acknowledge Asian actors," 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, "The COVID-19 Crisis Doesn’t Argue for Single-Payer Health Care," 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, "The Fed's $1.5 trillion intervention, explained," 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, "Working Less Is a Labor Issue, Too," 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., "I should start by disclosing that Halloween is my favorite holiday on earth. I love the blatantly transactional nature of it, the fact that it jettisons religious tradition in favor of uncut sugar lust.," 12 Oct. 2019 His death became a galling illustration of the city’s inability to shield cyclists from danger. Rachel Swan,, "Next bike barrier frontier: San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Galling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of galling

: causing someone to feel angry or annoyed

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