Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
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Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Words nearby shoal

Origin of shoal

before 900; (adj.) Middle English (Scots) shald, Old English sceald shallow; (noun and v.) derivative of the adj.
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Example sentences from the Web for shoaler

  • The shoaler areas are usually indicated by sanding the outer limit or the entire area within the depth curve.

    Nautical Charts|G. R. Putnam
  • The tide was now running out, and consequently the more we neared the shore, the shoaler the water got.

    Canadian Wilds|Martin Hunter
  • The bottom is of rocks, gravel, and mud; the shoaler portions are sharp and rocky.

  • The bottom is rocky on the shoaler parts, with gravel and pebbles on the edges.

British Dictionary definitions for shoaler (1 of 2)

/ (ʃəʊl) /


a stretch of shallow water
a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water


to make or become shallow
(intr) nautical to sail into shallower water

adjective Also: shoaly

a less common word for shallow
nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water

Derived forms of shoal

shoaliness, noun

Word Origin for shoal

Old English sceald shallow

British Dictionary definitions for shoaler (2 of 2)

/ (ʃəʊl) /


a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish
a large group of people or things


(intr) to collect together in such a group

Word Origin for shoal

Old English scolu; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōle school ²
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Scientific definitions for shoaler

[ shōl ]

A submerged mound or ridge of sediment in a body of shallow water.
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