verb (used without object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
verb (used with object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
Origin of rankle
Examples from the Web for rankle
“Operation Fast and Furious” continues to rankle some Republicans.
Newcomers may rankle you at first, but these may be false starts to lifelong bonds.
For a few days, however, that thoughtless speech seemed to rankle in his gentle daughter's soul.'Laramie;'|Charles King
There are things that rankle more than that, something he did before they were married, and made her help him to conceal.The Marriage of Elinor|Margaret Oliphant
But if they speak a common tongue, the words which pass when the most ephemeral squabble arises stick and rankle.Getting Together|Ian Hay
The example of vice does not rankle in their breasts, like the poisoned shirt of Nessus.Winterslow|William Hazlitt
She sauntered away, having lodged several very unpleasant shafts, and leaving them to rankle.The Head Girl at the Gables|Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for rankle
Word Origin for rankle
Word Origin and History for rankle
c.1300, "to fester," from Old French rancler, earlier raoncler, draoncler "to suppurate, run," from draoncle "abscess, festering sore," from Medieval Latin dracunculus, literally "little dragon," diminutive of Latin draco "serpent, dragon" (see dragon). The notion is of an ulcer caused by a snake's bite. Meaning "cause to fester" is from c.1400. Related: Rankled; rankling.