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whale

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noun, often attributive \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

Definition of whale

plural

whales

  1. 1 or plural whale :  any of various very large, aquatic, marine mammals (order Cetacea) that have a torpedo-shaped body with a thick layer of blubber, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, a horizontally flattened tail, and nostrils that open externally at the top of the head; also :  cetacean — see baleen whale, toothed whale

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

whalelike

play \ˈhwāl-ˌlīk, ˈwāl-\ adjective

Examples of whale in a Sentence

  1. a whale of a pickup truck

Origin and Etymology 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

whaled

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whaling

  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

whaled

;

whaling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  lash, thrash

  3. 2 :  to strike or hit vigorously

  4. 3 :  to defeat soundly

Origin and Etymology of whale

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1790



WHALE Defined for English Language Learners

whale

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noun

Definition of whale for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


WHALE Defined for Kids

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whale

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noun \ˈhwāl, ˈwāl\

Definition of whale for Students

  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 for Students

whaled

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whaling

  1. :  to hunt whales



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