What does gall mean?

Definitions for gallgɔl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gall.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. saddle sore, gall(noun)

    an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle

  2. gall(noun)

    a skin sore caused by chafing

  3. gall(noun)

    abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury

  4. resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour(noun)

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

  5. bile, gall(noun)

    a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

  6. crust, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness(noun)

    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

  7. chafe, gall, fret(verb)

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

  8. gall, irk(verb)

    irritate or vex

    "It galls me that we lost the suit"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gall(noun)

    the bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the mucous membrane of the gall bladder

  2. Gall(noun)

    the gall bladder

  3. Gall(noun)

    anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor

  4. Gall(noun)

    impudence; brazen assurance

  5. Gall(noun)

    an excrescence of any form produced on any part of a plant by insects or their larvae. They are most commonly caused by small Hymenoptera and Diptera which puncture the bark and lay their eggs in the wounds. The larvae live within the galls. Some galls are due to aphids, mites, etc. See Gallnut

  6. Gall(verb)

    to impregnate with a decoction of gallnuts

  7. Gall(verb)

    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

  8. Gall(verb)

    to fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm

  9. Gall(verb)

    to injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled by the shot of the enemy

  10. Gall(verb)

    to scoff; to jeer

  11. Gall(noun)

    a wound in the skin made by rubbing

  12. Origin: [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. Gall

    Galls or cecidia are outgrowths on the surface of lifeforms. Plant galls are abnormal outgrowths of plant tissues and can be caused by various parasites, from fungi and bacteria, to insects and mites. Plant galls are often highly organized structures and because of this the cause of the gall can often be determined without the actual agent being identified. This applies particularly to some insect and mite plant galls. In pathology, a gall is a raised sore on the skin, usually caused by chafing or rubbing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gall

    gawl, n. the greenish-yellow fluid secreted from the liver, called bile: bitterness: malignity.—ns. Gall-bladd′er, a pear-shaped bag lying on the under side of the liver, a reservoir for the bile; Gall′-stone, a hard concretion in the gall-bladder or biliary ducts.—Gall and wormwood, anything extremely disagreeable and annoying.—In the gall of bitterness, in a state of extreme hostility to God (Acts, viii. 23). [A.S. gealla, gall; cf. Ger. galle, Gr. cholē, L. fel.]

  2. Gall

    gawl, n. a light nut-like ball which certain insects produce on the oak-tree, used in dyeing—also Gall′-nut.—v.t. to fret or hurt the skin by rubbing: to annoy: to enrage.—v.i. (Shak.) to act in a galling manner.—ns. Gall′ate, a salt of gallic acid; Gall′fly, an insect which occasions gall on plants by puncturing.—adj. Gall′ing, irritating.—adv. Gall′ingly.—Gallic acid, a crystalline substance obtained from gall-nuts, and used in making ink. [Fr. galle—L. galla, oak-apple.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gall' in Nouns Frequency: #2956


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gall in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    Donald Trump had the gall to go after my mother.

  2. William Penn:

    No pain, no palm no thorns, no throne no gall, no glory, no glory no cross, no crown.

  3. Harry Reid:

    All I know, I can't imagine Romney having the gall coming after anybody's returns. Let's look at his.

  4. John Locke:

    Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.

  5. Jean Kerr:

    One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.

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Translations for gall

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • жоўцьBelarusian
  • жлъч, жлъчкаBulgarian
  • žlučCzech
  • galdeblære, galdeDanish
  • Galle, Frechheit, Unverfrorenheit, GallenblaseGerman
  • χοληδόχος κύστη, θράσος, χολή, όζος, παράτριμμα, πίκρα, εξόγκωμα, χόλιασμαGreek
  • descaro, bilis, vesícula biliar, hiel, agallaSpanish
  • suuttumus, piina, sappi, hankauma, röyhkeys, lyöttymä, otsa, katkeruus, äkämä, sappirakko, suututtaa, hiertää, sapettaa, ärsyttää, häiritä, vaivataFinnish
  • gallFaroese
  • effronterie, fiel, toupet, culot, bileFrench
  • brusaireachtIrish
  • gallIcelandic
  • fieleItalian
  • 胆汁Japanese
  • paoa, kouawaiMāori
  • жолчкаMacedonian
  • hempeduMalay
  • သည်းခြေBurmese
  • durf, schaafwonde, gal, knobbel, leed, galblaas, knoop, lef, ambeteren, storen, schaven, lastigvallen, galknobbel, wrijvenDutch
  • atłʼizh bizis, atłʼizhNavajo, Navaho
  • żółćPolish
  • bílis, esfolamento, calombo, fel, exaspero, amargura, miséria, impudência, galo, exasperação, penúria, vesícula biliar, bile, cecídio, galha, exasperar, atormentar, esfolar, incomodar, bugalhoPortuguese
  • impertinență, exasperare, bășica fierii, fiere, mizerie, veziculă biliară, bilă, rosătură, tupeu, tracasa, incomoda, roade, sâcâi, cecidie, exaspera, zgâria, molesta, enerva, gală, deranjaRomanian
  • истирание, желчный пузырь, желчь, галл, чернильный орешекRussian
  • žuč, жучSerbo-Croatian
  • žlčSlovak
  • žolčSlovene
  • vrerAlbanian
  • fräckhet, skavaSwedish
  • жовч, жовчний міхур, галUkrainian
  • bilVolapük

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