Origin of whaling
- any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, especially as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a head that is horizontally flattened.
- Informal. something big, great, or fine of its kind: I had a whale of a time in Europe.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Cetus.
- to engage in whaling or whale fishing.
Origin of whale1
- to hit, thrash, or beat soundly.
Origin of whale2
Related Wordshuge, enormous, hulking, colossal, big, monstrous, humongous, immense, mammoth, vast, jumbo, gigantic, gargantuan, whipping, drubbing, rout, annihilation, debacle, conquest, beating
Examples from the Web for whaling
His great grandfather sailed from Cape Verde and was involved in the whaling industry of Nantucket Island, Mass.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
I do have a certain amount of moral discomfort because of the situation with whaling.How to Think With Your Gut
April 9, 2013
The younger the respondent, the lower the support for whaling.I’ll Have the Whale, Please: Japan’s Unsustainable Whale Hunts
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
February 5, 2013
Bronstein makes an annual offer to send crews aboard the Japanese whaling fleet or even just interview representatives.
"We have the show that may be the closing note on whaling in the Southern Ocean," she said.
You would think he was off on a whaling cruise—three years and a tail.To-morrow
The father of these three children had been lost at sea on a whaling voyage.Bertha and Her Baptism
Besides, they would exchange the whaling news, and have an agreeable chat.
Are you not the precious image of each and all of us men in this whaling world?
The whale has no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler, you will say.
- the work or industry of hunting and processing whales for food, oil, etc
- informal (intensifier)a whaling good time
- any of the larger cetacean mammals, excluding dolphins, porpoises, and narwhals. They have flippers, a streamlined body, and a horizontally flattened tail and breathe through a blowhole on the top of the headRelated adjective: cetacean
- any cetacean mammalSee also toothed whale, whalebone whale
- slang a gambler who has the capacity to win and lose large sums of money in a casino
- a whale of a informal an exceptionally large, fine, etc, example of a (person or thing)we had a whale of a time on holiday
- (tr) to beat or thrash soundly
Word Origin and History for whaling
Old English hwæl, from Proto-Germanic *khwalaz (cf. Old Saxon hwal, Old Norse hvalr, hvalfiskr, Swedish val, Middle Dutch wal, walvisc, Dutch walvis, Old High German wal, German Wal); probably cognate with Latin squalus "a kind of large sea fish." Phrase whale of a "excellent or large example" is c.1900, student slang.
"beat, whip severely," 1790, possibly a variant of wale (v.).