Gall - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word gall
Brit.  |ɡɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word gall


- an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
- a skin sore caused by chafing
- abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury
- a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will (syn: bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment)
- a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats (syn: bile)
- the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties (syn: cheekiness, crust, freshness, impertinence, impudence, insolence)


- become or make sore by or as if by rubbing (syn: chafe, fret)
- irritate or vex(syn: irk)


It galls me that such a small group of people can have so much power.

...move that rope so the sharp edge of the hull doesn't gall it...

The loose saddle galled the horse's back.

His bitter sarcasm galls her.

It really galled him to see Anita doing so well now.

And what do you think they had the gall to do then?

It galls me that we lost the suit

...a bitchy and vindictive boss who has punished workers who have had the gall to call attention to her mistakes...

The sight of other people's good fortune is gall and wormwood to a vast number of people.

He even had the gall to blame Lucy for it.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gall
he/she/it: galls
present participle: galling
past tense: galled
past participle: galled
singular: gall
plural: galls
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