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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Gall \Gall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Galled (g[add]ld); p. pr. &
vb. n. Galling.] [OE. gallen; cf. F. galer to scratch, rub,
gale scurf, scab, G. galle a disease in horses' feet, an
excrescence under the tongue of horses; of uncertain origin.
Cf. Gall gallnut.]
1. To fret and wear away by friction; to hurt or break the
skin of by rubbing; to chafe; to injure the surface of by
attrition; as, a saddle galls the back of a horse; to gall
a mast or a cable.
I am loth to gall a new-healed wound. --Shak.
2. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm.
They that are most galled with my folly,
They most must laugh. --Shak.
3. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled
by the shot of the enemy.
In our wars against the French of old, we used to
gall them with our longbows, at a greater distance
than they could shoot their arrows. --Addison.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: painful from having the skin abraded [syn: chafed,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "galled":
aggravated, algetic, angry, annoyed, bothered, browned-off, bugged,
burning, burnt-up, chafed, disturbed, exasperated, festering,
fiery, griped, inflamed, irked, irritated, miffed, nettled, peeved,
piqued, provoked, rankling, raw, red, resentful, riled, roiled,
ruffled, sensitive, smarting, sore, tender, tingling, troubled,
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