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Since 1670s. From Irish go leor and Scottish Gaelic gu leòr, gu leòir (enough, plenty) (cf. Manx dy lhiooar) from Old Irish co, cu (with), from Proto-Celtic *kom (with), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóm (next to, at, with, along) + Old Irish leor, dative of léir (visible, perceptible, clear, distinct, clever, explicit, evident (older assiduous, earnest, careful, zealous)).



galore (not comparable)

  1. (postpositive) In abundance.
    After the shipwreck there was whisky galore to be had for the taking.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 564:
      [] But when I had bestridden the plank, quoth I to myself, "Thou deserveth all that betideth thee. All this is decreed to me of Allah (whose name be exalted!), to turn me from my greed of gain, whence ariseth all that I endure, for I have wealth galore."
    Synonym: aplenty



galore (plural galores)

  1. (archaic) An abundance; plenty.
    • 1857, Journal of Australasia (volume 2, page 38)
      The usual routine of confections and pastry follows, after which a galore of fruits of all kinds, with a chassè of excellent Mocha, the immediate servitude of which, after good dining, is, I think, universally acknowledged to be a great exhiliration[sic].