Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective In great numbers; in abundance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sufficiently; abundantly; in plenty. It is often used with the force of a predicate adjective.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Plenty; abundance; in abundance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective In abundance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective existing in abundance
  • adjective in great numbers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Irish Gaelic go leór, enough : go, adv. particle + leór, enough (from Old Irish lour, alteration of roar; see per- in Indo-European roots).]

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From Irish go leor and Scottish Gaelic gu leòr, gu leòir, "enough, plenty", "till sufficiency, till plenty, till clarity'" (leor is the dative of léir "sufficiency, plenty, clarity").

Examples

  • I've been sent interview questions galore from a number of othe blogs and have been coordinating all sorts of contests and giveaways.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Graham of the obstructionist party who has no plan, who has had no plan other than tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of those same rich, and wars galore, is accusing the Obama administration of doing a terrible job running the country.

    Graham: Dems engaging in 'seedy Chicago politics'

  • We had boxes galore from the move, so his 3-story, open floor-plan house is sitting in the living room.

    Motherhood Ain't No Place for Control Freaks

  • P.S. As for other posts generating more hits, well, American Idol generates phone calls galore, while the McGlaughlin Group has a tiny audience.

    Trucked-Up Immigration Policy: Now We're Importing Air Pollution

  • "When another furry baby is diagnosed diabetic and you panic, he puts up with unscheduled visits and phone calls galore," her letter said.

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  • Thence we removed to a city called Al – Karkh496 where we sold and bought and made gain galore and amassed of wealth great store.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In addition to tracking the salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter that has sickened more than 430 people in 43 states, there have been recalls galore -- 14 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission alone.

    This week in safety

  • In addition to tracking the salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter that has sickened more than 430 people in 43 states, there have been recalls galore -- 14 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission alone.

    This week in safety

  • There had been calls galore for the inspector, she reported.

    Frost at Christmas

  • There are warning labels galore, horrid pictures to boot on cigarette packages yet people still smoke.

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Comments

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  • After liquids came solids. Cold joints galore and mince pies.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 10

    January 7, 2007

  • from "go leor," which I forget the exact definition of--I think it's "a lot of" or something close to that, but unlike the English "many" or "much," "go leor" is used after the noun in question.

    October 18, 2007

  • Wordie: words galore! :-)

    October 18, 2007

  • c_b: that's exactly right - go leor is an Irish phrase meaning "plentiful" or "abundant".

    The expression maith go leor, meaning roughly "fair enough", is a common conversational gapfiller in Irish English.

    I don't know how to type phonetically, but "maith" is pronounced like "moll" without the finishing "ll".

    October 18, 2007

  • Let's not even get into the Bond female villain.

    October 18, 2007