AskDefine | Define rankle

Dictionary Definition

rankle v : gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, fret, grate]

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First attested in 1320. From etyl fro rancler / raoncler from draoncle < etyl la dracunculus, diminutive of draco.


  • /ˈræŋ.kəl/, /"r

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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