W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weel]
    • /wil/
    • /wiːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weel]
    • /wil/

Definitions of weal word

  • abbreviation WEAL wheal. 1
  • noun weal A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure. 1
  • noun weal well-being, prosperity 1
  • countable noun weal A weal is a swelling made on someone's skin by a blow, especially from something sharp or thin such as a sword or whip. 0
  • noun weal a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow 0
  • noun weal prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal) 0

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Origin of weal

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English wele, Old English wela; akin to well1

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Parts of speech for Weal


weal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

weal usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weal

noun weal

  • welt — a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
  • swelling — the act of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
  • ridge — a long, narrow elevation of land; a chain of hills or mountains.
  • stripe — a stroke with a whip, rod, etc., as in punishment.
  • wound — the act of winding.

Antonyms for weal

noun weal

  • depression — A depression is a time when there is very little economic activity, which causes a lot of unemployment and poverty.
  • disadvantage — absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
  • discontent — not content; dissatisfied; discontented.
  • dissatisfaction — the state or attitude of not being satisfied; discontent; displeasure.
  • failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.

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