from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Causing extreme irritation or chagrin; vexing.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective vexing, humiliating
  • verb Present participle of gall.

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

  • adjective causing irritation or annoyance


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


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

    August 22, 2011