gale

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See also: Gale, galé, and galè

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 *gʰel- (to shout, scream, charm away). Cognate with Danish gale (to crow), Swedish gala (to crow), Icelandic gala (to sing, chant, crow), Dutch galm (echo, sound, noise). Related to yell.

Verb[edit]

gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past galed or gole, past participle galed or galen)

  1. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
    • Court of Love
      Can he cry and gale.
  2. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
  3. (intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
  4. (intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.
  5. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English gale (a wind, breeze), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Icelandic gola (a breeze), Danish gal (furious, mad),[1] both from Old Norse gala (to sing).

Noun[edit]

gale (plural gales)

  1. (meteorology) A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
  2. An outburst, especially of laughter.
    a gale of laughter
  3. (archaic) A light breeze.
    • Shakespeare
      A little gale will soon disperse that cloud.
    • Milton
      And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned / From their soft wings.
  4. (obsolete) A song or story.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Toone to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

gale (third-person singular simple present gales, present participle galing, simple past and past participle galed)

  1. (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English gaile, gawl, gawwyl, gaȝel, gagel, from Old English gagel, gagelle, gagille, gagolle (gale; sweet gale), from Proto-Germanic *gagulaz (gale; sweet-willow). Cognate with Scots gaul, gall (bog-myrtle), Dutch gagel (wild mytle), German Gagel (mytle-bush), Icelandic gaglviður (sweet-gale; myrtle).

Noun[edit]

gale

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gale in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

  1. A shrub, also sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale) growing on moors and fens.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Middle English gavel (rent", "tribute), from Old English gafol

Noun[edit]

gale (plural gales)

  1. (archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.
    Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due.
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Basque[edit]

Noun[edit]

gale

  1. eagerness

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of galle.

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Noun[edit]

gale f (plural gales)

  1. scabies; mange

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

gale f

  1. plural of gala

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse gala

Verb[edit]

gale (imperative gal, present tense galer, simple past gol or galte, past participle galt)

  1. to make a sound characteristic of a rooster; to crow

Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gale

  1. definite singular of gal
  2. plural form of gal

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

gale (present tense gjel, past tense gol, past participle gale, present participle galande, imperative gal)

  1. Alternative form of gala

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gale

  1. neuter singular of galen