- 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 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
He got up and beat her till she was marked with weals, but she uttered no complaint.The Brown Fairy Book
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.Mrs. Geoffrey
- 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 weals
"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.