Definition of gale in English:


Pronunciation /ɡāl/ /ɡeɪl/

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  • 1A very strong wind.

    ‘it was almost blowing a gale’
    • ‘gale-force winds’
    1. 1.1Meteorology A wind of force 7 to 10 on the Beaufort scale (28-55 knots or 32-63 mph).
    2. 1.2A storm at sea.
      storm, tempest, squall, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, typhoon, whirlwind, superstorm
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  • 2a gale of/gales ofA burst of sound, especially of laughter.

    • ‘she collapsed into gales of laughter’
    outburst, burst, eruption, explosion, effusion, attack, fit, paroxysm
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Mid 16th century perhaps related to Old Norse galinn ‘mad, frantic’.