weal

1
[ weel ]
/ wil /

noun

well-being, prosperity, or happiness: the public weal; weal and woe.
Obsolete. wealth or riches.
Obsolete. the body politic; the state.

Nearby words

  1. weakish,
  2. weakishly,
  3. weakling,
  4. weakly,
  5. weakness,
  6. weald,
  7. weald, the,
  8. wealth,
  9. wealth tax,
  10. wealthy

Origin of weal

1
before 900; Middle English wele, Old English wela; akin to well1

weal

2
[ weel ]
/ wil /

noun

Origin of weal

2
variant of wale1, with ea of wheal

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British Dictionary definitions for weal

weal

1
/ (wiːl) /

noun

a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blowAlso called: wale, welt, wheal

Word Origin for weal

C19: variant of wale 1, influenced in form by wheal

noun

archaic prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
obsolete the state
obsolete wealth

Word Origin for weal

Old English wela; related to Old Saxon welo, Old High German wolo

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Word Origin and History for weal
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Medicine definitions for weal

weal

[ wēl ]

n.

A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.

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