Definitions for rankleˈræŋ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ran•kleˈræŋ kəl(v.)-kled, -kling.

  1. (v.i.)(of feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to irritate or cause bitter resentment.

  2. (v.t.)to cause (a person) keen irritation or bitter resentment.

Origin of rankle:

1250–1300; ranclen < MF rancler, OF raoncler, var. of draoncler to fester, der. of draoncle a sore < LL dracunculus small serpent, dim. of L dracō serpent; see dragon , carbuncle


Princeton's WordNet

  1. eat into, fret, rankle, grate(verb)

    gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"


  1. rankle(Verb)

    To cause irritation or deep bitterness.

  2. rankle(Verb)

    To fester.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1320. From rancler, draoncler, from draoncle, from dracunculus, diminutive of draco.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rankle(adj)

    to become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively

  2. Rankle(adj)

    to produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a sore; -- used literally and figuratively; as, a splinter rankles in the flesh; the words rankled in his bosom

  3. Rankle(verb)

    to cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame


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