Gall, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Galled p. pr. & vb. n. Galling.]
1. 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.
I am loth to gall a new-healed wound. --Shak.
2. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm.
They that are most galled with my folly,
They most must laugh. --Shak.
3. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled by the shot of the enemy.
In our wars against the French of old, we used to gall them with our longbows, at a greater distance than they could shoot their arrows. --Addison.
Gall·ing a. Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating. -- Gall*ing*ly, adv.
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" [syn: annoying, bothersome,
irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous,
plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing]