gale

1
[ geyl ]
/ geɪl /
||

noun

a very strong wind.
Meteorology. a wind of 32–63 miles per hour (14–28 m/sec).
a noisy outburst: a gale of laughter filled the room.
Archaic. a gentle breeze.

Nearby words

  1. galbanum,
  2. galbraith,
  3. galbraith, john kenneth,
  4. galcha,
  5. galdós, benito pérez,
  6. gale warning,
  7. gale, zona,
  8. galea,
  9. galeate,
  10. galeiform

Origin of gale

1
1540–50; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian dialect geil uproar, unrest, boiling

gale

2
[ geyl ]
/ geɪl /

noun

Origin of gale

2
before 1000; Middle English gail, Old English gagel; cognate with German Gagel

Gale

[ geyl ]
/ geɪl /

noun

Zo·na [zoh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ nə/, 1874–1938, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet.
a female or male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for gale

gale

1
/ (ɡeɪl) /

noun

a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour
(often plural) a loud outburst, esp of laughter
archaic, poetic a gentle breeze

Word Origin for gale

C16: of unknown origin

noun

short for sweet gale

Word Origin for gale

Old English gagel; related to Middle Low German gagel

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Word Origin and History for gale

gale

n.

"storm at sea," 1540s, from gaile "wind," origin uncertain, perhaps from Old Norse gol "breeze," or Old Danish gal "bad, furious" (often used of weather), from Old Norse galinn "bewitched." Or perhaps it is from Old English galan "to sing" (the second element in nightingale), or giellan "to yell." In technical meteorological use, a wind between 32 and 63 miles per hour.

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