& v.Chiefly British
- (UK, Ireland, Australia) Alternative spelling of jail.
Gaol was formerly the usual spelling, and is still preferred in some proper names. Most Australian newspapers use jail rather than gaol, citing either narrower print width or the possibility of transposing letters in gaol to produce goal.
(third-person singular simple present gaols, present participle gaoling, simple past and past participle gaoled)
- (UK) Alternative spelling of jail.