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."

Definitions of gall
  1. noun
    a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
    synonyms: bile
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    type of:
    digestive fluid, digestive juice
    secretions that aid digestion
  2. noun
    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
    synonyms: cheekiness, crust, freshness, impertinence, impudence, insolence
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    chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
    (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
    type of:
    discourtesy, rudeness
    a manner that is rude and insulting
  3. verb
    irritate or vex
    “It galls me that we lost the suit”
    synonyms: irk
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    type of:
    make angry
  4. noun
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
    synonyms: bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment
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    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
    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
  5. noun
    an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
    synonyms: saddle sore
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    type of:
    animal disease
    a disease that typically does not affect human beings
  6. noun
    a skin sore caused by chafing
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    saddle sore
    sore on a horseback rider chafed by a saddle
    type of:
    an open skin infection
  7. verb
    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    synonyms: chafe, fret
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    type of:
    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  8. noun
    abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury
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    oak apple
    oak gall caused by larvae of a cynipid wasp
    type of:
    plant tissue
    the tissue of a plant
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