verb (used without object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
verb (used with object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
Words nearby rankle
Origin of rankle
OTHER WORDS FROM rankleran·kling·ly, adverbun·ran·kled, adjective
Examples from the Web for rankled
The cynics among us will be rankled at the description of a book as “inspiring,” but Massie is the genuine article.
If it rankled, it was because it forced the audience to take a long look at their own imperfections, their own broken families.
Her dogged willingness to keep the case in the spotlight has rankled authorities—which has only strengthened her resolve.
The promise so rankled the Taliban they issued a statement insisting that Pakistan should reject all foreign aid.
The family, and Jeb Bush in particular, manages to reconcile many of the tensions and contradictions that have rankled the party.
But, nevertheless, it was probably his other sin that rankled deepest in her mind.The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
He bit his lip and passed on alone, but it rankled within him that she had so easily believed ill of him.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
Yet, in her presence, the resentment which rankled in him softened to pity.The Late Tenant|Louis Tracy
It rankled in his mind that Julie had never been frank with him, freely as he had poured his affection at her feet.Lady Rose's Daughter|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Lady St. Craye let herself go completely in a phrase whose memory stung and rankled for many a long day.The Incomplete Amorist|E. Nesbit