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See also: Gale, galé, and galè

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

VerbEdit

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 2Edit

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).

NounEdit

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
    • 1972, International Association of Seed Crushers, Congress [proceedings]
      The slightest hint of smugness would have had the nation leaning over our shoulders to blow out the birthday candles with a gale of reproach and disapproval.
  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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VerbEdit

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

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

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Etymology 3Edit

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).

NounEdit

gale

 
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  1. A shrub, also called sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale), that grows on moors and fens.
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Etymology 4Edit

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

NounEdit

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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BasqueEdit

NounEdit

gale

  1. eagerness

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Variant of galle.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gale f (plural gales)

  1. scabies; mange

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ItalianEdit

NounEdit

gale f

  1. plural of gala

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse gala

VerbEdit

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 2Edit

AdjectiveEdit

gale

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

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

VerbEdit

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

  1. Alternative form of gala

Etymology 2Edit

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AdjectiveEdit

gale

  1. neuter singular of galen