[ hweel, weel ]
/ ʰwil, wil /


a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
a wale or welt.

Nearby words

  1. whatsit,
  2. whatsoe'er,
  3. whatsoever,
  4. whaup,
  5. whaur,
  6. wheal-and-flare reaction,
  7. wheat,
  8. wheat beer,
  9. wheat berry,
  10. wheat bread

Also weal.

Origin of wheal

before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals

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British Dictionary definitions for wheal


/ (wiːl) /


a variant spelling of weal 1
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Word Origin and History for wheal



"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from Old English verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."

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Medicine definitions for wheal


[ wēl ]


A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns.welt

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