noun (plural same or whales)
- A very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing.More example sentences
- Marine mammals include narwhals, beluga whales, walrus, and ringed and bearded seals.
- Come face to face with polar bears, walruses, harbour seals and beluga whales.
- Sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, porpoise and whales are common around the islands.
a whale of a ——
have a whale of a time
- Enjoy oneself very much: he enjoyed the party, danced, drank, and generally had a whale of a timeMore example sentences
- Members of a local activity group had a whale of a time when they enjoyed their first scuba diving experience.
- Principal of St. Joseph's, Vincent Kelly, is delighted with the dedication and willingness of the children, saying ‘they've done very well and they are having a whale of a time.’
- By the end of the session she had all the teachers, old and young, jumping and yelling, twirling and growling in unison, having a whale of a time.
Old English hwæl, of Germanic origin.
verb[with object] • informal , chiefly North American
- Beat; hit: Dad came upstairs and whaled me [no object]: they whaled at the water with their paddlesMore example sentences
- With that being said, I whaled the hilt off of her skull, and she fell practically lifeless.
- He really whaled her, screaming and yelling and carrying on like a demented guy.
- I wondered why I should get whaled so, while Nerida, who was older, got off with a You-mustn't-do-that, darling.
late 18th century: variant of wale.