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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hwey-ling, wey-]
    • /ˈʰweɪ lɪŋ, ˈweɪ-/
    • /ˈweɪ.lɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwey-ling, wey-]
    • /ˈʰweɪ lɪŋ, ˈweɪ-/

Definitions of whaling word

  • noun whaling the work or industry of capturing and rendering whales; whale fishing. 1
  • noun plural whaling 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 whaling Informal. something big, great, or fine of its kind: I had a whale of a time in Europe. 1
  • noun plural whaling (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Cetus. 1
  • verb without object whaling to engage in whaling or whale fishing. 1
  • verb whaling to hit, thrash, or beat soundly. 1

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Origin of whaling

First appearance:

before 1680
One of the 48% oldest English words
First recorded in 1680-90; whale1 + -ing1

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Parts of speech for Whaling


whaling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% 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".

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Synonyms for whaling

noun whaling

  • overthrow — to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish: to overthrow a tyrant.
  • beating — If someone is given a beating, they are hit hard many times, especially with something such as a stick.
  • blow — When a wind or breeze blows, the air moves.
  • breakdown — The breakdown of something such as a relationship, plan, or discussion is its failure or ending.
  • collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.

adjective whaling

  • big — A big person or thing is large in physical size.
  • colossal — If you describe something as colossal, you are emphasizing that it is very large.
  • enormous — Very large in size, quantity, or extent.
  • gargantuan — gigantic; enormous; colossal: a gargantuan task.
  • gigantic — very large; huge: a gigantic statue.

verb whaling

  • batter — If someone is battered, they are regularly hit and badly hurt by a member of their family or by their partner.
  • crush — To crush something means to press it very hard so that its shape is destroyed or so that it breaks into pieces.
  • hit — to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer.
  • knock — to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering.
  • pummelled — to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.

Antonyms for whaling

noun whaling

  • accomplishment — An accomplishment is something remarkable that has been done or achieved.
  • achievement — An achievement is something which someone has succeeded in doing, especially after a lot of effort.
  • boon — You can describe something as a boon when it makes life better or easier for someone.
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • win — to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.

adjective whaling

  • little — small in size; not big; not large; tiny: a little desk in the corner of the room.
  • miniature — a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
  • miniscule — minuscule.
  • minute — the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds.
  • small — of limited size; of comparatively restricted dimensions; not big; little: a small box.

verb whaling

  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • fail — to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning.
  • lose — to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I'm sure I've merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • protect — to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.

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