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[guh-lawr, -lohr] /gəˈlɔr, -ˈloʊr/
in abundance; in plentiful amounts:
food and drink galore.
Origin of galore
1660-70; < Irish go leor enough, plenty (Scots Gaelic gu leòr, leòir), equivalent to go, particle forming predicative adjectives and adverbs + leór enough (Old Irish lour) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To that end she had wasted any number of cheap pads and pencils, and had littered her mother's tidy rooms with "sketches" galore.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
  • They's a galore of timber, enough to make all the cities an' towns what'll ever need be made.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Many kinds of games were seen upon the way; pastimes they had galore.

  • What keenness of business-discussion mingled with what galore of whisky there is everywhere!

  • France, the greatest country on earth, is singularly poor in the greatest characters—great ones she has galore.

    Since Czanne Clive Bell
  • Just purty white and red where it should be; and we had musthard, too, galore, when we wanted it.

  • White bread and brown, scones and “cookies” galore, and a flat, round cake of most appetising appearance.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The city was filled with excited crowds, torch-light processions, and speaking was galore.

  • Wooden churns, troughs for cattle, and agricultural implements were there galore.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It appears fitfully at night, glittering like silver in the water with gold and silver and precious stones hanging to it galore.

British Dictionary definitions for galore


(immediately postpositive) in great numbers or quantity: there were daffodils galore in the park
Word Origin
C17: from Irish Gaelic go leór to sufficiency
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Word Origin and History for galore

1670s, from Irish go leór, corresponding to Gaelic gu leóir "sufficiently, enough." The particle go/gu usually means "to," but it also is affixed to adjectives to form adverbs, as here.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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