weal

1
[weel]
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noun

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

Origin of weal

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

weal

2
[weel]

noun

Origin of weal

2
variant of wale1, with ea of wheal
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Examples from the Web for weals

Historical Examples of weals

  • A small weir over a river, where weals are laid for taking fish.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • If weals had started up across it, Noel would not have been surprised.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • He got up and beat her till she was marked with weals, but she uttered no complaint.

  • I saw all the swords of Feudal and all the weals of Industrial war.

    Tremendous Trifles

    G. K. Chesterton

  • All seems far from the world, drowsy, careless, indifferent to the weals and woes of suffering humanity.


British Dictionary definitions for weals

weal

1

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

weal

2

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 weals

weal

n.1

"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.).

weal

n.2

"raised mark on skin," 1821, alteration of wale (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

weals in Medicine

weal

[wēl]

n.

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