Definition of rankle in English:


Line breaks: ran¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈraŋk(ə)l


[no object]
  • 2 archaic (Of a wound or sore) continue to be painful; fester: the wound is but skinned over and rankles still at the bottom


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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