A pair of humpback whales.
- The definition of a whale is a large mammal that lives in water, bears live young, has flippers, a flat horizontal tail and breaths air through one or two blowholes.
An example of a whale is the character Moby Dick in the book Moby Dick.
- Whale is defined as to attack, hit very hard over and over again, or hunt whales.
- An example of whale is viciously spreading rumors and causing scandal in a person's life.
- An example of whale is a boxer punching their opponent again and again.
- An example of whale is what the Japanese ships are doing on the television show Whale Wars.
- any member of either of two orders (Mysticeta and Odontoceta) of aquatic mammals that breathe air, bear live young, and have front limbs that have been modified into flippers, and a flat, horizontal tail
- any of the larger members of these two groups, excluding the porpoises and dolphins generally, but including the killer whale
Origin of whaleMiddle English whal ; from Old English hwæl, akin to Old High German hwal, Old Norse hvalr, Middle Dutch wal ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kwalos, a large fish from source Classical Latin squalus, big sea fish
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Origin of whaleprobably variant, variety of wale
- a. Any of various marine mammals of the order Cetacea; a cetacean.b. Any of various larger members of this order, including the blue whale, humpback whale, and right whale, in contrast to the porpoises and dolphins.
- Informal An impressive example: a whale of a story.
intransitive verbwhaled, whal·ing, whales
Origin of whaleMiddle English, from Old English hwæl.
verbwhaled, whal·ing, whales
- To strike or hit repeatedly and forcefully; thrash.
- To strike or hit (a ball) with great force.
- To strike or hit a person or thing repeatedly and forcefully: whaled away at the plaster wall with a mallet.
- To swing at a ball with great effort, especially repeatedly.
- To attack vehemently: The poet whaled away at the critics.
Origin of whaleOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present whales, present participle whaling, simple past and past participle whaled)
- (intransitive) To hunt for whales.
- To flog, to beat.
From Middle English whale, from Old English hwÃ¦l, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (compare German Wal, Low German Waal, Danish hval; cf. also Dutch walvis, West Frisian walfisk, Low German Waalfisch), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kÊ·Ã¡los 'sheatfish' (compare German Wels, Latin squalus (“big sea fish"), Old Prussian kalis, Ancient Greek á¼„ÏƒÏ€Î±Î»Î¿Ï‚ (Ã¡spalos), Avestan ð¬€ð¬ð¬€ð¬ (kara, “kind of fish")).