Definition of gale
- gales of laughter
The boat was damaged in a strong gale.
The winds approached gale force.
The audience erupted in gales of laughter.
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First Known Use: circa 1547See Words from the same year
: a very strong wind
: a sudden occurrence of laughter, tears, etc.
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