Meaning of weal


A weal is a sore or other mark on the skin. Don’t pick up that hot pan without an oven mitt — it will burn you and leave a red weal on your hand.

Think of a weal as the painful-looking mark left after someone is slapped hard. “My sister claimed she didn’t smack me with the dog’s leash, but the weal on my cheek gave her away.” In medicine, the word also means an itchy, raised rash: “The weals on his neck make me think he’s allergic to cats.” The root of weal means “raised ridge or line.” An older meaning of the word, from a different source, was “well-being.”

Definitions of weal
  1. noun

    a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions


    wale, welt, wheal

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    type of:

    harm, hurt, injury, trauma

    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

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