synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of wal in English

English Online Dictionary. What means wal‎? What does wal mean?


  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-3 language code for Wolaitta.
  • IPA(key): /ʋɑl/
  • Hyphenation: wal
  • Rhymes: -ɑl

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

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. coast, shore (side of land near to the water)
  2. earthen levee as protection against flooding
    Synonym: dijk
  3. wall around city as military defense
    Synonyms: omwalling, stadsmuur
  4. periorbital dark circle
  5. (generally in the plural) eyebags
    Synonym: oogwal
  • Negerhollands: wal

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).

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. (archaic) whale
    Synonyms: walvis, waldier


  1. eight
  • IPA(key): /val/


  1. container
  2. rubbish bin
  • (2017) Giacon J Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay Dictionary Supplement

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  1. night
  • IPA(key): /wàl/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [wàl]


  1. sudden flash of light

From Old English weall, from Proto-West Germanic *wall (wall, rampart, entrenchment), from Latin vallum (wall, rampart, entrenchment, palisade).

  • wale, walle, waule

wal (plural walles)

  1. wall
  • English: wall
  • Scots: wa, waa, waw
  • Yola: wul, vall
  • Middle Irish: *balla
    • Irish: balla
    • Manx: boalley
    • Scottish Gaelic: balla
  • “wal, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

From Old English wæl.

  • wæl, wæle, wale, wel

wal (plural wals)

  1. death, slaughter
  • “wal, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.


  1. Alternative form of wale (selection, preference)


  1. Alternative form of wale (great)


  1. (rare) Alternative form of wel

From Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (sheatfish). Cognate with Old English hwæl, Old Norse hvalr, Old Saxon hwal.

  • IPA(key): /wal/

wal m

  1. whale
  • Middle High German: wal
    • German: Wal
      • Estonian: vaal
      • Luxembourgish: Wal
  • IPA(key): /val/
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: wal

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

wal m animal

  1. whale (certain species)
  • wieloryb, waleń

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.


  1. second-person singular imperative of walić
  • wal in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wal in Polish dictionaries at PWN
  • (literary) gwal

Borrowed from Old English weall.

  • IPA(key): /wal/

wal m (plural waliau or welydd)

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

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.

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

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