wal

wal

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʋɑl/
  • Hyphenation: wal
  • Rhymes: -ɑl

Etymology 1

From Latin vallum (wall), from vallus (stake, palisade, point). Cognate with English wall.

Noun

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. coast, shore (side of land near to the water)
  2. earthen levee as protection against flooding
  3. wall around city as military defense
  4. periorbital dark circle
  5. eye circle; bags
Synonyms
  • (levee): dijk
  • (defensive wall): omwalling, stadsmuur
  • (eye bags): oogwal
Derived terms
  • bewallen, walling, stadswal

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch wal (whale), from Old Dutch *wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (whale). Cognate with English whale.

Possibly to avoid confusion with wal (wall; shore), the derived compound word walvis (whale; lit. whale-fish) gained currency over wal (whale). Similar clarifying compounds can be found elsewhere in Dutch: kraanvogel (crane; lit. crane-bird), muildier (mule; lit. mule-animal), oeros (auroch; auroch-ox), rendier (rein; lit. rein-animal), tortelduif (turtle (bird); lit. turtle dove) and windhond (greyhound; lit. wind-dog).

Noun

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. (archaic) whale
Synonyms
  • (whale): walvis, waldier
Derived terms
  • grindewal
  • waldier
  • walrus
  • walschot
  • walvis

Eskayan

Numeral

wal

  1. eight

Gamilaraay

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /val/

Noun

wal

  1. container
  2. rubbish bin

References

  • (2017) Giacon J Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay Dictionary Supplement

Garo

Etymology

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Noun

wal

  1. night

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English wæl.

Alternative forms

  • wæl, wæle, wale, wel

Noun

wal (plural wals)

  1. death, slaughter.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse val.

Noun

wal

  1. Alternative form of wale (selection, preference)

Adjective

wal

  1. Alternative form of wale (great)

Etymology 3

From Old English wel.

Adverb

wal

  1. (rare) Alternative form of wel

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /val/

Etymology 1

From German Wal, from Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (sheatfish).

Noun

wal m anim

  1. whale (certain species)
Declension
Hypernyms
  • wieloryb, waleń

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

wal

  1. second-person singular imperative of walić

Further reading

  • wal in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wal in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Welsh

Alternative forms

  • (literary) gwal

Etymology

Borrowed from Old English weall.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /wal/

Noun

wal m (plural waliau or welydd)

  1. wall
  2. (literary) Soft mutation of gwal.

Usage notes

wal is the most commonly used word for "wall" in Welsh. The word mur is used most often when referring to large walls such as the defensive walls of a city or Mur Mawr Tsieina "The Great Wall of China". It is also used in compound words, for example murlun, rhagfur, cellfur, briwydd y mur. pared in an internal partition wall whereas magwyr is a literary word for an external wall, little used now but preserved in such things as place and plant names.

Mutation

References

  • “wal”, in R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, 1950–present

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