Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
  2. (noun, body) a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
  3. (noun, feeling) a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  4. (noun, plant) abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury
  5. (noun, state) a skin sore caused by chafing
  6. (noun, state) an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
  7. (verb, emotion) irritate or vex
  8. (verb, perception) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

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Origin of the word Gall

  1. "bile," O.E. galla (Anglian), gealla (W. Saxon), from P.Gmc. *gallon- (cf. O.N. gall, O.H.G. galla), from PIE base *ghol-/*ghel- "gold, yellow, yellowish-green" (cf. Gk. khole, see cholera; L. fel; perhaps also O.E. geolo "yellow," Gk. khloros). Informal sense of "impudence, boldness" first recorded Am… more
  2. "sore spot on a horse," O.E. gealla "painful swelling," from L. galla "gall, lump on plant," originally "oak apple," of uncertain origin. Perhaps from or influenced by gall (1) on notion of "poison-sore." The verb meaning "to make sore by chafing" is from c.1440; fig. sense of "harass, irritate" is from 1573. more

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