Definition of whale noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//weɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//weɪl//
Wild mammals
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  • a very large animal that lives in the sea and looks like a very large fish. There are several types of whale, some of which are hunted. whale meat We saw a whale blowing a jet of spray high in the air. management and conservation of whale stocks see also blue whale, killer whale, pilot whale, sperm whale See related entries: Wild mammals
  • Word OriginOld English hwæl, of Germanic origin.Idioms (informal) to enjoy yourself very much; to have a very good time The kids had a whale of a time at the theme park.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whale