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1whale

noun, often attributive \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

: 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.

plural whales

Full Definition of WHALE

1
or plural whale :  cetacean; especially :  one (as a sperm whale or killer whale) of larger size
2
:  one that is impressive especially in size <a whale of a difference> <a whale of a good time>
whale·like \-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

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

2whale

verb
whaledwhal·ing

Definition of WHALE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in whale fishing

First Known Use of WHALE

1700

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

3whale

verb
whaledwhal·ing

Definition of WHALE

transitive verb
1
:  lash, thrash
2
:  to strike or hit vigorously
3
:  to defeat soundly

Origin of WHALE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1790
WHALELIKE Defined for Kids

1whale

noun \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

Definition of WHALE for Kids

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

2whale

verb
whaledwhal·ing

Definition of WHALE for Kids

:  to hunt whales

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