gall

Gall describes something irritating, like someone very rude. If you barge into a bakery and cut in front of a sweet old lady, then you have gall.

If someone has gall, they're irritating. In fact, as a verb, gall means "to irritate" like new tight jeans that gall your thighs. Gall is "bile," too, like what's in a gall bladder. Back in the days of Hippocrates, if the four humors of the body were out of whack, it affected your spirits. If you had too much bile, or gall, then you'd be aggressive or depressed. It's also a noun for "deep feeling of ill will."

Primary Meanings of gall

1.
n
a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
2.
n
the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
3.
vn
irritate or vex
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
4.
nv
an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
5.
n
abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury
Full Definitions of gall
1

n a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

Synonyms:
bile
Type of:
digestive fluid, digestive juice
secretions that aid digestion
2

n the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

Synonyms:
cheekiness, crust, freshness, impertinence, impudence, insolence
Types:
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
(Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
Type of:
discourtesy, rudeness
a manner that is rude and insulting
3

v irritate or vex

“It galls me that we lost the suit”
Synonyms:
irk
Type of:
anger
make angry

n a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Synonyms:
bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment
Types:
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heartburning
intense resentment
huffishness, sulkiness
a feeling of sulky resentment
grievance, grudge, score
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
enviousness, envy
a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
covetousness
an envious eagerness to possess something
green-eyed monster, jealousy
a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)
penis envy
(psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity
Type of:
enmity, hostility, ill will
the feeling of a hostile person
4

n an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle

Synonyms:
saddle sore
Type of:
animal disease
a disease that typically does not affect human beings

n a skin sore caused by chafing

Types:
saddle sore
sore on a horseback rider chafed by a saddle
Type of:
sore
an open skin infection

v become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Synonyms:
chafe, fret
Type of:
irritate
excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
5

n abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury

Types:
oak apple
oak gall caused by larvae of a cynipid wasp
Type of:
plant tissue
the tissue of a plant

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