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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rankle mean? 

RANKLE (verb)
  The verb RANKLE has 1 sense:

1. gnaw into; make resentful or angry

  Familiarity information: RANKLE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

RANKLE (verb)

Sense 1rankle [BACK TO TOP]


Gnaw into; make resentful or angry

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


eat into; rankle; grate; fret

Context examples:

The injustice rankled her / his resentment festered

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

annoy; bother; chafe; devil; get at; get to; gravel; irritate; nark; nettle; rag; rile; vex (cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will rankle him

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