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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hweyl, weyl]
    • /ʰweɪl, weɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hweyl, weyl]
    • /ʰweɪl, weɪl/

Definitions of whaled word

  • noun plural whaled any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, especially as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a head that is horizontally flattened. 1
  • noun plural whaled Informal. something big, great, or fine of its kind: I had a whale of a time in Europe. 1
  • noun plural whaled (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Cetus. 1
  • verb without object whaled to engage in whaling or whale fishing. 1
  • verb whaled to hit, thrash, or beat soundly. 1
  • noun whaled Simple past tense and past participle of whale. 1

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Origin of whaled

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English hwæl; cognate with German Wal- in Walfisch, Old Norse hvalr; perhaps akin to Latin squalus kind of fish

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Parts of speech for Whaled


whaled popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

whaled usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for whaled

verb whaled

  • slugged — a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.
  • flogged — to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.
  • horsewhipped — Simple past tense and past participle of horsewhip.
  • pummeled — to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
  • flailed — an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.

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