rankle
verb (rankled; rankling) Etymology: Middle English ranclen to fester, from Anglo-French rancler, from Old French draoncler, raoncler, from draoncle, raoncle festering sore, from Medieval Latin dracunculus, from Latin, diminutive of draco serpent — more at dragon Date: 1606 intransitive verb 1. to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness 2. to feel anger and irritation transitive verb to cause irritation or bitterness in

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  • Rankle — Ran kle (r[a^][ng] k l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rankled} ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rankling} ( kl[i^]ng).] [From {Rank}, a.] 1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; used literally and figuratively. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rankle — Ran kle (r[a^][ng] k l), v. t. To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame. [R.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rankle — index affront, aggravate (annoy), annoy, bait (harass), harass, irritate Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • rankle — (v.) early 14c., from O.Fr. rancler, from draoncle abscess, festering sore, from L. dracunculus little snake, dim. of draco serpent, dragon (see DRAGON (Cf. dragon)). The notion is of an ulcer caused by a snake s bite. Related: Rankled; rankling …   Etymology dictionary

  • rankle — [v] annoy, irritate aggravate, anger, bother, chafe, embitter, exasperate, fester, fret, gall, get one’s goat*, harass, hurt, inflame, irk, mortify, nettle, obsess, pain, pester, plague, rile, torment, vex; concepts 7,14,19 Ant. delight, make… …   New thesaurus

  • rankle — ► VERB ▪ (of a comment or fact) cause annoyance or resentment. ORIGIN originally in the sense «fester»; from Old French rancler, from rancle festering sore …   English terms dictionary

  • rankle — [raŋ′kəl] vi., vt. rankled, rankling [ME ranclen < OFr rancler < raoncle, draoncle, a fester, ulcer < ML dracunculus < L, dim. of draco,DRAGON] 1. Obs. to fester; become or make inflamed 2. to cause or cause to have long lasting anger …   English World dictionary

  • rankle — UK [ˈræŋk(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms rankle : present tense I/you/we/they rankle he/she/it rankles present participle rankling past tense rankled past participle rankled if an action rankles or rankles you, it continues… …   English dictionary

  • rankle — ranklingly, adv. /rang keuhl/, v., rankled, rankling. v.i. 1. (of unpleasant feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind; fester; be painful. v.t. 2. to cause keen irritation or bitter… …   Universalium

  • rankle — verb /ˈræŋ.kəl/ a) To cause irritation or deep bitterness. b) To fester. Syn: embitter, irritate, fester …   Wiktionary

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