Definition of whale
- a whale of a difference
- a whale of a good time
a whale of a pickup truck
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: circa 1790See Words from the same year
: 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.
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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