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From Middle English whale, from 古期英語 hwæl (“whale”), from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (“whale”) (compare German Wal, Swedish val, Danish and Norwegian Bokmål hval, Norwegian Nynorsk kval; compare also Dutch walvis, West Frisian walfisk, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (“sheatfish”) (compare German Wels, Latin squalus (“big sea fish”), Old Prussian kalis, Ancient Greek ἄσπαλος (áspalos), Avestan (kara, “kind of fish”)).
- Any of several species of large sea mammals of the infraorder Cetacea.
- 2013 August 3, “Yesterday’s fuel”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
- The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. […] It was used to make kerosene, the main fuel for artificial lighting after overfishing led to a shortage of whale blubber.
- (figuratively) Something, or someone, that is very large.
- 1920 September, “A Reformed Free Lance” (pseudonym), “Doctoring a Sick Encyclopedia”, in The Writer, Volume XXXII, Number 9, page 131:
- 1947 May 19, John Chamberlain, “Will Clayton and his Problem”, in Life, page 120:
- (figuratively) Something, or someone, that is excellent.
- 2002, Kathleen Benson, Philip M. Kayal, Museum of the City of New York, A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City, Syracuse University Press →ISBN, page 54
- 2006, June Skinner Sawyers, Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter, Penguin →ISBN
- 2013, Fred Holtby & Chris Lovie, ROWDY - THE STORY OF A POLICE DOG, Lulu.com →ISBN, page 105
- (gambling) In a casino, a person who routinely bets at the maximum limit allowable.
- 2003, Jeff Wuorio, How to Buy and Sell (Just About) Everything,
- 2004, Norm Clarke, Vegas Confidential: Norm! Sin City's Ace Insider 1,000 Naked Truths, Hot Spots and Cool Stuff,
- 2008, Deke Castleman, Whale Hunt in the Desert,
- (finance, informal) An investor who deals with very large amounts of money.
- (by extension) A video game player who spends large amounts of money on premium content.
- Arctic whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- baleen whale (suborder Mysticeti)
- beaked whale (family Ziphiidae)
- Belly of the Whale
- beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
- black whale (family Balaenidae)
- blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
- bone whale (family Balaenidae)
- bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei)
- caaing whale/ca'ing whale (Globicephala melas)
- Eden's whale (Balaenoptera edeni)
- fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
- finback whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
- gray whale/grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus)
- great whale (family Balaenidae)
- Greenland whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- have a whale of a time
- humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae
- ice whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- Jupiter whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
- killer whale (Orcinus orca)
- land whale
- melon-headed whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
- minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera bonaerensis)
- narwhale/narwhal (Monodon monoceros)
- Omura's whale (Balaenoptera omurai)
- piked whale/pike whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera bonaerensis)
- pilot whale (Globicephala spp.)
- polar whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- pollack whale (Balaenoptera borealis)
- pothead whale (Globicephala spp.)
- razorback whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
- right whale (family Balaenidae)
- Russian whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- scrag whale (Eschrichtius gibbosus)
- sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)
- social whale
- sperm whale/spermaceti whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
- steeple-top whale (Balaena mysticetus)
- sulfur-bottom whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
- sulphur whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
- thrasher whale/thresher whale (Orcinus orca)
- toothed whale (suborder Odontoceti)
- unicorn whale (Monodon monoceros)
- whalebone whale (family Balaenidae)
- whale catcher
- whale catfish (family Cetopsidae)
- whale fall
- whalefish (order Cetomimiformes)
- whale louse (family Cyamidae)
- whale's guide
- whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
- whale shot
- whalesucker (Remora australis)
- whale tail
- whale watching
- white whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
- (slang, transitive) To thrash, to flog, to beat vigorously or soundly.
- 1852, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Why Mr Sellum disposed of the horse (chapter XIV in Works, volume 22):
- 1865 May, Three Days at Camp Douglass, in Our Young Folks: An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls, volume I, number V, page 296:
- "I wouldn't let him. When you were a boy in your part of the country, and other boys told tales about you, what did you do with them?" "Whaled 'em like time, Captin'," answered the man; "and if ye'll only shet yer eyes to 't, I'll whale him." "I can't allow such things in the prison," said the Captain; "and besides, the fellow will be lame for a fortnight, and wouldn't be a match for you in that condition. Let him get limber, and then, if you don't whale him, I'll make you walk the ladder for a month." The result was, the conscript officer received a sound thrashing; and did not commit another act worthy of punishment for a week.
- 2004, Steve Frazee, Voices in the Hill (→ISBN):
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:whale.
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