Meaning of 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.”

Definitions of gall
  1. noun

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



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    digestive fluid, digestive juice

    secretions that aid digestion

  2. noun

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


    cheekiness, crust, freshness, impertinence, impudence, insolence

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    chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah

    (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
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    discourtesy, rudeness

    a manner that is rude and insulting

  3. verb

    irritate or vex

    galls me that we lost the suit”


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    make angry

  4. noun

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will


    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
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    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


    saddle sore

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    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
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    an open skin infection

  7. verb

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing


    chafe, fret

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    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
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    plant tissue

    the tissue of a plant

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