- well-being, prosperity, or happiness: the public weal; weal and woe.
- Obsolete. wealth or riches.
- Obsolete. the body politic; the state.
Origin of weal1
Origin of weal2
Related Wordsstreak, wale, scar, ridge, wound, bruise, stripe, mouse, injury, contusion, whelk, wheal, abundance, prosperity, good, advantage, success, contentment, profit, ease
Examples from the Web for weal
In the woe or weal of a whole life, we must decide for ourselves.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
As heaven's above, his future weal Or woe depends upon my silence!Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
And the real end of both was the weal of the Commonwealth at large.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)
John Richard Green
How much of Canada's weal or woe depends upon the selection?The Story of My Life
Has it not done more for the honor of the prince and the weal of the subject than any other system?Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blowAlso called: wale, welt, wheal
- archaic prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
- obsolete the state
- obsolete wealth
Word Origin and History for weal
"well-being," Old English wela "wealth," in late Old English also "welfare, well-being," from West Germanic *welon, from PIE root *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)). Related to well (adv.).
"raised mark on skin," 1821, alteration of wale (q.v.).
- A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.