Pronunciation Verb

gale (gales, present participle galing; past galed, past participle galed)

  1. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
    • Can he cry and gale.
  2. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
  3. (intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
  4. (intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.
  5. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.

gale (plural gales)

  1. (meteorology) A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through to 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
    • 1927-29, Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xii ↗:
      With my mother's permission and blessings, I set off exultantly for Bombay, leaving my wife with a baby of a few months. But on arrival there, friends told my brother that the Indian Ocean was rough in June and July, and as this was my first voyage, I should not be allowed to sail until November. Someone also reported that a steamer had just been sunk in a gale. This made my brother uneasy, and he refused to take the risk of allowing me to sail immediately.
  2. An outburst, especially of laughter.
    a gale of laughter
    • 1972, International Association of Seed Crushers, Congress [proceedings]
      The slightest hint of smugness would have had the nation leaning over our shoulders to blow out the birthday candles with a gale of reproach and disapproval.
  3. (literary, archaic) A light breeze.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      A little gale will soon disperse that cloud.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Second”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned / From their soft wings.
  4. (obsolete) A song or story.
Translations Translations Verb

gale (gales, present participle galing; past and past participle galed)

  1. (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.


  1. A shrub, also called sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale), that grows on moors and fens.
  • German: Gagelstrauch
  • Russian: воско́вник

gale (plural gales)

  1. (archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.
    Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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