verb (used without object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
verb (used with object), ran·kled, ran·kling.
Origin of rankle
Synonyms for rankle
Examples from the Web for rankling
Historical Examples of rankling
She could not understand the amount of offence which was rankling in Mary's bosom.Is He Popenjoy?
The skilful performance of my duty was the source of a rankling grudge.Captain Canot
Yet the knowledge imparted to him by the chambermaid was rankling in his mind.Sister Carrie
THE wound which Maltravers had received was peculiarly severe and rankling.Ernest Maltravers, Complete
The loss of the horse had been rankling in his heart all day.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up
Clarence Edward Mulford
Word Origin 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.