or kail



Also called borecole. a cabbagelike cultivated plant, Brassica oleracea acephala, of the mustard family, having curled or wrinkled leaves: used as a vegetable.
Scot. cabbage.
Slang. money.

Origin of kale

1250–1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole
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Related Words for kale

cabbage, cole, collard, colewort

Examples from the Web for kale

Contemporary Examples of kale

Historical Examples of kale

  • "Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Groping about they pull up first stalk of kale or head of cabbage.

  • "Pullin' down the kale by the double handsful, mind you," says Hunk.

  • And a husband with kale—that's what a girl like you really wants.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • But the girls that look out for the kale, that never asked, 'What?'

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

British Dictionary definitions for kale





a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, with crinkled leaves: used as a potherbSee also collard
Scot a cabbage
US slang money
Compare (for senses 1, 2): sea kale

Word Origin for kale

Old English cāl; see cole




Northern English dialect a queue
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Word Origin and History for kale

also kail, c.1300, alternative form of cawul (c.1200), surviving in this spelling after Middle English as a Scottish variant of cole "cabbage" (see cole-slaw). Slang meaning "money" is from 1902.

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