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Meaning of RANKLE

Pronunciation:  'rangkul

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"

RANKLE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: eat into, fret, grate
 See Also: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ran"kle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rankled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Rankling}.] [From {Rank}, a.]
    1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be
       inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively.
             A malady that burns and rankles inward. --Rowe.
             This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts
             of the people.                        --Burke.
    2. To produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a
       sore; -- used literally and figuratively; as, a splinter
       rankles in the flesh; the words rankled in his bosom.
  2. \Ran"kle\, v. t.
    To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame. [R.] --Beau. &