What does galling mean?

Definitions for gallingˈgɔ lɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing(adj)

    causing irritation or annoyance

    "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"


  1. galling(Adjective)

    vexing, humiliating

  2. Origin: From . The adjective follows from the verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Galling

    of Gall

  2. Galling(adj)

    fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating


  1. Galling

    Galling is a form of wear caused by adhesion between sliding surfaces. When a material galls, some of it is pulled with the contacting surface, especially if there is a large amount of force compressing the surfaces together. Galling is cause by a combination of friction and adhesion between the surfaces, followed by slipping and tearing of crystal structure beneath the surface. This will generally leave some material stuck or even friction welded to the adjacent surface, while the galled material may appear gouged with balled-up or torn lumps of material stuck to its surface. Galling is most commonly found in metal surfaces that are in sliding contact with each other. It is especially common where there is inadequate lubrication between the surfaces. However, certain metals will generally be more prone to galling, due to the atomic stucture of their crystals. For example, aluminum is a metal which will gall very easily, whereas annealed steel is slightly more resistant to galling. Steel that is fully hardened is very resistant to galling. Galling is a common problem in most applications where metals slide while in contact with other metals. This can happen regardless of whether the metals are the same or of different kinds. Metals such as brass are often chosen for bearings, bushings, and other sliding applications because of their resisitance to galling, as well as other forms of mechanical abrasion.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of galling in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of galling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Felicia Marcus:

    I find it galling when whole sets of water glasses end up on a (restaurant) table, even in Sacramento, the key is to get away from very light mandatory restrictions.

  2. The Guardian:

    I’ve realised that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level, i honestly think that until we get on the same page, you can’t tell a woman about their abuse. A man cannot do that. No one can. It is so individual and so personal, it’s galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not.

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