[guh-lawr, -lohr]


in abundance; in plentiful amounts: food and drink galore.

Origin of galore

1660–70; < Irish go leor enough, plenty (Scots Gaelic gu leòr, leòir), equivalent to go, particle forming predicative adjectives and adverbs + leór enough (Old Irish lour) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for galore

Historical Examples of galore

  • They's a galore of timber, enough to make all the cities an' towns what'll ever need be made.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Many kinds of games were seen upon the way; pastimes they had galore.

  • To that end she had wasted any number of cheap pads and pencils, and had littered her mother's tidy rooms with "sketches" galore.


    Evelyn Raymond

  • What keenness of business-discussion mingled with what galore of whisky there is everywhere!

  • The city was filled with excited crowds, torch-light processions, and speaking was galore.

British Dictionary definitions for galore



(immediately postpositive) in great numbers or quantitythere were daffodils galore in the park

Word Origin for galore

C17: from Irish Gaelic go leór to sufficiency
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Word Origin and History for galore

1670s, from Irish go leór, corresponding to Gaelic gu leóir "sufficiently, enough." The particle go/gu usually means "to," but it also is affixed to adjectives to form adverbs, as here.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper