galore

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Etymology[edit]

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)).

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Adjective[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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].

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