Palm trees in a gale.
- The definition of a gale is a powerful wind, or a loud outburst of emotion.
- An example of a gale is a hurricane.
- An example of a gale is a group of friends standing on a cliff and having fun yelling in unison into a canyon.
- a strong wind
- Meteorol. a wind ranging in speed from 32 to 63 miles per hour
- Archaic a breeze
- ☆ a loud outburst: a gale of laughter
Origin of galeprobably ; from Scandinavian as in Shetland Is. dialect, dialectal galder, howling wind, Old Icelandic gal, a howling: for Indo-European base see yell
Origin of galeMiddle English gawel ; from Old English gagel, akin to German gagel
- a. A wind with a speed of from 34 to 40 knots (39 to 46 miles per hour; 63 to 74 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale. Also called fresh gale.b. A storm at sea.
- often gales A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
Origin of galeOrigin unknown.
Origin of galeMiddle English gail, from Old English gagel.
(third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past galed or gole, past participle galed or galen)
From Middle English galen, from Old English galan (“to sing, enchant, call, cry, scream; sing charms, practice incantation”), from Proto-Germanic *galaną (“to roop, sing, charm”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰol-, *gʰel- (“to shout, scream, charm away”). Cognate with Danish gale (“to crow”), Swedish gala (“to crow”), Icelandic gala (“to sing, chant, crow”), Dutch galm (“sound, noise”). Related to yell.
(third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past and past participle galed)
- (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.
Middle English gail, from Old English gagel
Middle English gavel (“rent", "tribute”), from Old English gafol