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GALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gall mean? 

GALL (noun)
  The noun GALL has 6 senses:

1. an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
2. a skin sore caused by chafing
3. abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury
4. a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
5. a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
6. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

  Familiarity information: GALL used as a noun is common.


GALL (verb)
  The verb GALL has 2 senses:

1. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
2. irritate or vex

  Familiarity information: GALL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GALL (noun)


Sense 1gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

saddle sore; gall

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

animal disease (a disease that typically does not affect human beings)


Sense 2gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A skin sore caused by chafing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

sore (an open skin infection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gall"):

saddle sore (sore on a horseback rider chafed by a saddle)


Sense 3gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

plant tissue (the tissue of a plant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gall"):

oak apple (oak gall caused by larvae of a cynipid wasp)


Sense 4gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

resentment; rancour; rancor; bitterness; gall

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

enmity; hostility; ill will (the feeling of a hostile person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gall"):

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)


Sense 5gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

bile; gall

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

digestive fluid; digestive juice (secretions that aid digestion)


Sense 6gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

cheekiness; insolence; impudence; impertinence; crust; freshness; gall

Hypernyms ("gall" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; rudeness (a manner that is rude and insulting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gall"):

chutzpa; chutzpah; hutzpah ((Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity)


GALL (verb)


Sense 1gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

chafe; gall; fret

Hypernyms (to "gall" is one way to...):

irritate (excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2gall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Irritate or vex

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

irk; gall

Context example:

It galls me that we lost the suit

Hypernyms (to "gall" is one way to...):

anger (make angry)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to gall Sue


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