English Online Dictionary. What means gale? What does gale mean?
- IPA(key): /ɡeɪl/
- Rhymes: -eɪl
- Homophone: Gail
From Middle English galen, from Old English galan (“to sing, enchant, call, cry, scream; sing charms, practice incantation”), from Proto-Germanic *galaną (“to roop, sing, charm”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰel- (“to shout, scream, charm away”). Cognate with Danish gale (“to crow”), Swedish gala (“to crow”), Icelandic gala (“to sing, chant, crow”), Dutch galm (“echo, sound, noise”). Related to yell.
gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past galed or gole, past participle galed or galen)
- (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
- Court of Love
- Can he cry and gale.
- Court of Love
- (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
- (intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
- (intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.
- (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.
From Middle English gale (“a wind, breeze”), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Icelandic gola (“a breeze”), Danish gal (“furious, mad”), both from Old Norse gala (“to sing”).
gale (plural gales)
- (meteorology) A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through to 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
- An outburst, especially of laughter.
- a gale of laughter
- 1972, International Association of Seed Crushers, Congress [proceedings]
- The slightest hint of smugness would have had the nation leaning over our shoulders to blow out the birthday candles with a gale of reproach and disapproval.
- (archaic) A light breeze.
- A little gale will soon disperse that cloud.
- And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned / From their soft wings.
- (obsolete) A song or story.
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- (meteorology): breeze, hurricane, storm
gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past and past participle galed)
- (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.
- Beaufort scale
From Middle English gaile, gawl, gawwyl, gaȝel, gagel, from Old English gagel, gagelle, gagille, gagolle (“gale; sweet gale”), from Proto-Germanic *gagulaz (“gale; sweet-willow”). Cognate with Scots gaul, gall (“bog-myrtle”), Dutch gagel (“wild mytle”), German Gagel (“mytle-bush”), Icelandic gaglviður (“sweet-gale; myrtle”).
- A shrub, also called sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale), that grows on moors and fens.
Middle English gavel (“rent; tribute”), from Old English gafol
gale (plural gales)
- (archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.
- Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due.
- gale in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Gael, Lega, egal, geal, lage, leag
- Harry Feldman. A Grammar of Awtuw. (Pacific Linguistics: Series B, 94.) (1986)
Variant of galle.
- IPA(key): /ɡal/
gale f (plural gales)
- scabies; mange
- “gale” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- égal, Gaël, gela
- plural of gala
- gela, lega
From Old Norse gala
gale (imperative gal, present tense galer, simple past gol or galte, past participle galt)
- to make a sound characteristic of a rooster; to crow
- definite singular of gal
- plural form of gal
- “gale” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
gale (present tense gjel, past tense gol, past participle gale, present participle galande, imperative gal)
- Alternative form of gala
- neuter singular of galen