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whale

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noun \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

Simple Definition of whale

  • : an often very large animal that lives in the ocean and that is a mammal rather than a fish

  • : something that is very big, important, good, etc.

Full Definition of whale

plural whales

  1. 1 or plural whale :  cetacean; especially :  one (as a sperm whale or killer whale) of larger size

  2. 2 :  one that is impressive especially in size <a whale of a difference> <a whale of a good time>

whale·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of whale

  1. <a whale of a pickup truck>



Origin of whale

Middle English, from Old English hwæl; akin to Old High German hwal whale and perhaps to Latin squalus sea fish


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms


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whale

verb

Definition of whale

whaledwhal·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in whale fishing



1700

First Known Use of whale

1700

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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whale

verb

Definition of whale

whaledwhal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  lash, thrash

  3. 2 :  to strike or hit vigorously

  4. 3 :  to defeat soundly



Origin of whale

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1790



WHALE Defined for Kids

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whale

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noun \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

Definition of whale

  1. :  a very large sea mammal that has flippers and a flattened tail and breathes through an opening on the top of the head




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whale

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verb

Definition of whale

whaledwhal·ing

  1. :  to hunt whales





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