Wal

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See also: wal, WAL, wäl, Wål, wał, wal•, and wal-

English[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Wal (plural Wals)

  1. A male given name
    1. A diminutive of the male given name Wally
    2. A diminutive of the male given name Wallace
    3. A diminutive of the male given name Walter

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German and Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (sheatfish). Cognate with English whale, English whale, Danish hval, Swedish val. In earlier Modern German the word was exclusively used in Walfisch and in other compounds like Narwal; compare Dutch walvis, Low German Waalfisch. The simplex reappears in the 19th century, at first scientific literature.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Wal m (strong, genitive Wales or Wals, plural Wale)

  1. whale
    Synonym: (dated) Walfisch

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Wal” in Duden online
  • Wal” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From German Wal, from Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz. Compare Dutch walvis, English whale, Danish hval, Icelandic hvalur.

Noun[edit]

Wal m (plural Walen)

  1. whale

Etymology 2[edit]

From German Wahl, from Old High German wala, from Proto-West Germanic *walu, from Proto-Germanic *walō. The related terms below are inherited.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Wahl (nonstandard, but sometimes used to distinguish from etymology 1)

Noun[edit]

Wal f (plural Walen)

  1. (politics) election
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old High German wald, from Proto-West Germanic *walþu, from Proto-Germanic *walþuz. Cognate with German Wald, Dutch woud, English wold.

Noun[edit]

Wal m (uncountable)

  1. (in field names, otherwise obsolete) forest
    Synonym: Bësch

Plautdietsch[edit]

Noun[edit]

Wal f (plural Walen)

  1. wave (of water)