Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing extreme irritation or chagrin; vexing: a galling delay; a galling setback to their plans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. vexing, humiliating
  • v. Present participle of gall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Such as to gall, irritate, or distress; extremely annoying; harrowing; provoking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing irritation or annoyance

Etymologies

From gall +‎ -ing. The adjective follows from the verb. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • My adjectival use: 'He said that it was a galling experience, because all his friends were there.'

    August 22, 2011