Definition of rankle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rankle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈræŋkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkl//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rankle
BrE BrE//ˈræŋkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkl//
 
he / she / it rankles
BrE BrE//ˈræŋklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋklz//
 
past simple rankled
BrE BrE//ˈræŋkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkld//
 
past participle rankled
BrE BrE//ˈræŋkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkld//
 
-ing form rankling
BrE BrE//ˈræŋklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋklɪŋ//
 
Anger
 
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if something such as an event or a remark rankles, it makes you feel angry or upset for a long time rankle (somebody) Her comments still rankled. rankle with somebody His decision to sell the land still rankled with her. See related entries: Anger Word Origin Middle English: from Old French rancler, from rancle, draoncle ‘festering sore’, from an alteration of medieval Latin dracunculus, diminutive of draco ‘serpent’.
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