There are 2 definitions of whale in English:


Syllabification: whale
Pronunciation: /(h)wāl

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.
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  • 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.


Old English hwæl, of Germanic origin.


a whale of a ——

informal An exceedingly good example of a particular thing: you’ve been doing a whale of a job

have a whale of a time

Enjoy oneself very much.
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  • 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.

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There are 2 definitions of whale in English:


Syllabification: whale
Pronunciation: /


[with object] informal , chiefly North American
Beat; hit: Dad came upstairs and whaled me [no object]: they whaled at the water with their paddles
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  • 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.

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