[rang-kuh l] /ˈræŋ kəl/ Show IPAverb, rankled, rankling.
verb (used without object)
(of unpleasant feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind; fester; be painful.
verb (used with object)
to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment in:
His colleague's harsh criticism rankled him for days.
Origin 1250–1300;Middle Englishranclen < Middle Frenchrancler,Old Frenchraoncler, variant of draoncler to fester, derivative of draoncle a sore < Late Latindracunculus small serpent, diminutive of Latindracō serpent; see dragon, carbuncle
Related forms ranklingly, adverb unrankled, adjective
Synonyms 1, 2. irritate, gall, chafe.
(intr) to cause severe and continuous irritation, anger, or bitterness; fester: his failure to win still rankles
[C14 ranclen, from Old French draoncler to fester, from draoncle ulcer, from Latin dracunculus small serpent, from dracō serpent; see dragon]