When there’s plenty of something, we usually describe it as galore. What is galore? Why is it different from regular adjectives?
Galore is a postpositive adjective that means in large numbers. Let’s examine the definition, synonyms, and origin of galore. I also share examples of how to use the word in a sentence.
Galore is an adjective that means in large numbers or amounts. If you’re at a party and someone ordered twenty boxes of pizza, they may say, “There are pizzas galore!”
Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. But the adjective galore is considered a postpositive adjective because it is placed after the noun or pronoun modifier. So instead of saying galore shopping as in abundant shopping, we say shopping galore.
It can modify count nouns (e.g., apples galore, kittens galore, tractors galore) as well as mass nouns (e.g., money galore, happiness galore, love galore, sunshine galore).
Here are other ways to say galore.
- In abundance
- In profusion
- In great quantity
- In large numbers
- By the dozen
- To spare
- All over
- A gogo
- By the truckload
The adjective galore comes from the Irish Gaelic phrase go leór, which means sufficiency. It also derives from the Scottish gu leór, which has the same definition. In English, it translates to greater abundance instead of sufficiency.
Some experts agree that galore is a postpositive adjective because Irish Gaelic adjectives typically follow their nouns. However, this is only a theory.
The English language draws from different languages that use postpositive adjectives, so there is no exact explanation of the origin of galore and its usage.
How to Pronounce Galore
The correct pronunciation of galore is guh-lor. The letter E in the end is silent. Therefore, we don’t pronounce it as guh-lo-reh.
How to Use Galore in a Sentence
Here are some examples of galore in a sentence.
- Books Galore is one of my absolute favorite places to order books from.
- We have to go downtown for the big blowout sale because they’ll have a galore of books, trinkets, and other nerdy things.
- We went overboard this Christmas and gave our kids presents galore because we felt bad that they had to miss out on so much during the pandemic.
- THERE were goals galore for U’s and Brighton fans to feast on after both teams served up a festive cracker. Colchester raced into 3-0 half-time lead at a game played at Gillingham FC. (Gazette News)
- The Chino American Legion Post 299 supported the Lions in this endeavor with a venue to hold the celebration along with holiday music. Dinner was served. Santa Claus arrived with gifts galore for the children and mothers. (Champion Newspapers)
Now you know how to use galore in a sentence correctly. I hope this guide widened your vocabulary.
Remember that this adjective is postpositive, which means it comes after the noun. Use this word to describe something in abundance or in large numbers.