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

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This comparison is not meant to disparage Mr. Harmon, but to point out a galling discrepancy. New York Times, "The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls?," 5 July 2019 Their ninth loss in a row wasn’t quite as galling as the two Oakland blowouts leading up to it, but the sad song still remains the same. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles lose 9th straight, 5-2, as offense remains stuck in neutral against Mariners," 21 June 2019 The hiatus is becoming more galling as other, smaller companies are now receiving approvals again: 257 titles have been greenlighted in three batches since mid-December, with 93 getting the nod Tuesday. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Still Isn’t Feeling the Love From Beijing," 22 Jan. 2019 Perhaps most galling of all though, is that Ramos' assault on Salah was being billed as intelligent play by pundits., "The Bitterest Pill: Why Real Madrid's Victory in UCL Final Belies Liverpool's True Quality," 29 May 2018 The defeat of the audit wouldn’t be so galling if the new bonds didn’t so obviously demonstrate the need for an independent review of Austin’s books. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of galling

: causing someone to feel angry or annoyed

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