Definition of galling in US English:



  • Annoying; humiliating.

    ‘the loss was particularly galling’
    • ‘One of the galling aspects about Scotland's decline over the past decade is that, contrary to the SFA's insistence, there is not, and never has been, a glut of able youngsters queuing up for a tilt at fame.’
    • ‘It's a galling thought when, with a little research, you could find great carpets of golden chanterelles just begging to be picked for free - the culinary equivalent of stumbling across a pirate's hoard.’
    • ‘What Indians found especially galling was that the US and the allies were now snuggling up to Pakistan in a bid to secure that country's full co-operation in the invasion of Afghanistan.’
    • ‘And I also have that bi invisibility thing going on, which is both galling and periodically annoyingly convenient.’
    • ‘But what is so galling is the fact that few comedians realise that comedy has limited impact politically, and usually it's targeted at and consumed by the ‘converted’ anyway.’
    • ‘What makes the matter more galling is that Jill subsequently heard her buyers had telephoned her next-door neighbour and offered him anything he wanted for a couple of fields adjoining her property.’
    • ‘And somehow he will have to reconcile the galling fact that a large proportion of those self-same lads badly let him down during his roller-coaster managerial journey.’
    • ‘At a time when Bradford is seeking to rehabilitate itself through cultural status, visionary architecture and civic responsibility, I find it galling to see such negativity applied to our young people.’
    • ‘What is particularly galling is that the authors never bothered to contact me or my department head or dean to inquire about this matter.’
    • ‘For Europe's elites, anti-Americanism is a sterile response to the galling fact that Europe committed semi-suicide in the 20th century.’
    • ‘French Ameriphobia is so virulent because the United States has diminished France, and what makes this all the more galling is that there's no comparable American anti-Gallicism.’
    • ‘But I just find it galling that actors and producers who seek to make it on the world stage, and who are lauded when they do, should try to force feed their fellow country men and women with compulsory culture.’
    • ‘What's so galling is that if something goes wrong, a bunch of bloggers, with no editors to call and no publishers to threaten, are the worst possible people to have around.’
    • ‘This eagle may be downed as the election-stealing turkey that he is, fuelling the hyperactive imaginations of conspiracy-theorists for years to come with his galling, bloody cynicism.’
    • ‘It is very galling if you go to a water and find half a dozen cormorants there, looking as though they have had a really good feed.’
    • ‘It fetched £60 as scrap but, as a galling postscript to the accident, he saw the car for sale on a used-car lot shortly afterwards, priced at £600.’
    • ‘By now your paddling mates are a speck in the distance, the rhythmic flash of the sun on their paddle blades a galling reminder of the way this sport should be played.’
    • ‘That an organization that claims to represent people whether they are members or not can be taken more seriously than the national chiefs' organization is especially galling to many AFN veterans.’
    • ‘The galling thing for me and other progressive Democrats is that this fight against the corporate establishment and for working families is the very one we should be making - but where is our party?’
    • ‘Your column, aside from its galling content, lacks structure and basis.’
    annoying, irritating, vexing, vexatious, infuriating, maddening, irksome, provoking, exasperating, trying, tiresome, troublesome, bothersome, displeasing, disagreeable
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