1A very strong wind.‘it was almost blowing a gale’
- ‘gale-force winds’
- 1.1Meteorology A wind of force 7 to 10 on the Beaufort scale (28-55 knots or 32-63 mph).
- 1.2A storm at sea.storm, tempest, squall, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, typhoon, whirlwind, superstormView synonyms
2a gale of/gales ofA burst of sound, especially of laughter.
outburst, burst, eruption, explosion, effusion, attack, fit, paroxysmView synonyms
- ‘she collapsed into gales of laughter’
Mid 16th century perhaps related to Old Norse galinn ‘mad, frantic’.
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