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

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʋɑl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: wal
  • Rhymes: -ɑl

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin vallum (wall), from vallus (stake, palisade, point). Cognate with English wall.

NounEdit

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. coast, shore (side of land near to the water)
  2. earthen levee as protection against flooding
  3. wall around city as military defense
  4. periorbital dark circle
  5. eye circle; bags
SynonymsEdit
Derived termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Negerhollands: wal

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle Dutch wal (whale), from Old Dutch *wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (whale). Cognate with English whale.

Possibly to avoid confusion with wal (wall; shore), the derived compound word walvis (whale; lit. whale-fish) gained currency over wal (whale). Similar clarifying compounds can be found elsewhere in Dutch: kraanvogel (crane; lit. crane-bird), muildier (mule; lit. mule-animal), oeros (auroch; auroch-ox), rendier (rein; lit. rein-animal), tortelduif (turtle (bird); lit. turtle dove) and windhond (greyhound; lit. wind-dog).

NounEdit

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. (archaic) whale
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EskayanEdit

NumeralEdit

wal

  1. eight

GamilaraayEdit

 
wal

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wal

  1. container
  2. rubbish bin

ReferencesEdit

  • (2017) Giacon J Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay Dictionary Supplement

GaroEdit

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

NounEdit

wal

  1. night

HausaEdit

PronunciationEdit

IdeophoneEdit

wàl

  1. sudden flash of light

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English weall, Proto-Germanic *wallaz, *wallą (wall, rampart, entrenchment), from Latin vallum (wall, rampart, entrenchment, palisade).

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

wal (plural walles)

  1. wall
DescendantsEdit
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English wæl.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

wal (plural wals)

  1. death, slaughter
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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

wal

  1. Alternative form of wale (selection, preference)

AdjectiveEdit

wal

  1. Alternative form of wale (great)

Etymology 4Edit

AdverbEdit

wal

  1. (rare) Alternative form of wel

PolishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From German Wal, from Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (sheatfish).

NounEdit

wal m anim

  1. whale (certain species)
DeclensionEdit
HypernymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Slavic *valiti.

VerbEdit

wal

  1. second-person singular imperative of walić

Further readingEdit

  • wal in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wal in Polish dictionaries at PWN

WelshEdit

 
wal

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old English weall.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wal m (plural waliau or welydd)

  1. wall
  2. (literary) Soft mutation of gwal.

Usage notesEdit

wal is the most commonly used word for "wall" in Welsh. The word mur is used most often when referring to large walls such as the defensive walls of a city or Mur Mawr Tsieina "The Great Wall of China". It is also used in compound words, for example murlun, rhagfur, cellfur, briwydd y mur. pared in an internal partition wall whereas magwyr is a literary word for an external wall, little used now but preserved in such things as place and plant names.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gwal wal ngwal unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “wal”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies