gale

gale

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡeɪl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl
  • Homophone: Gail

Etymology 1

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.

Verb

gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past galed or gole, past participle galed or galen)

  1. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
    • Court of Love
      Can he cry and gale.
  2. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
  3. (intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
  4. (intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.
  5. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.

Etymology 2

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).

Noun

gale (plural gales)

  1. (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.
    • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xii:
      With my mother's permission and blessings, I set off exultantly for Bombay, leaving my wife with a baby of a few months. But on arrival there, friends told my brother that the Indian Ocean was rough in June and July, and as this was my first voyage, I should not be allowed to sail until November. Someone also reported that a steamer had just been sunk in a gale. This made my brother uneasy, and he refused to take the risk of allowing me to sail immediately.
  2. 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.
  3. (literary, archaic) A light breeze.
    • Shakespeare
      A little gale will soon disperse that cloud.
    • Milton
      And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned / From their soft wings.
  4. (obsolete) A song or story.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Toone to this entry?)
Coordinate terms
  • (meteorology): breeze, hurricane, storm
Translations

Verb

gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past and past participle galed)

  1. (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.

See also

  • Beaufort scale

Etymology 3

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).

Noun

gale

  1. A shrub, also called sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale), that grows on moors and fens.
Translations

Etymology 4

Middle English gavel (rent; tribute), from Old English gafol

Noun

gale (plural gales)

  1. (archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.
    Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due.

References

  • gale in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Gael, Lega, egal, geal, lage, leag

Awtuw

Noun

gale

  1. fish

References

  • Harry Feldman. A Grammar of Awtuw. (Pacific Linguistics: Series B, 94.) (1986)

Basque

Noun

gale

  1. eagerness

French

Etymology

Variant of galle.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡal/

Noun

gale f (plural gales)

  1. scabies; mange

Further reading

  • “gale” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • égal, Gaël, gela

Italian

Noun

gale f

  1. plural of gala

Anagrams

  • gela, lega

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Old Norse gala

Verb

gale (imperative gal, present tense galer, simple past gol or galte, past participle galt)

  1. to make a sound characteristic of a rooster; to crow

Etymology 2

Adjective

gale

  1. definite singular of gal
  2. plural of gal

References

  • “gale” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

Verb

gale (present tense gjel, past tense gol, past participle gale, present participle galande, imperative gal)

  1. Alternative form of gala

Etymology 2

Alternative forms

  • galent

Adjective

gale

  1. neuter singular of galen

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡa.lɛ/
  • Homophone: galę

Noun

gale

  1. dative/locative singular of gała

Noun

gale

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of gala

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