- 2(Of a comment, event, or fact) cause annoyance or resentment that persists: the casual manner of his dismissal still ranklesMore example sentences
- The issues they raise often have their roots in the past and yet continue to rankle.
- The mildly teasing tone in the girl's voice took most of the sting out of her last comment, yet it still rankled.
- This rankled with me two years ago and I still find it very irksome today.
- 2.1 [with object] Annoy or irritate (someone): Lisa was rankled by his assertionMore example sentences
- Well, there is a thing or two that might rankle people on either side, but Scott has his head in the right place.
- Edison's corporate identity also rankles the students and is one of the major themes of their rallies and meetings.
- But something about having to legislate those rules of fair play rankles me.
Middle English: from Old French rancler, from rancle, draoncle 'festering sore', from an alteration of medieval Latin dracunculus, diminutive of draco 'serpent'.