Etymology
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wholesale (adj.)

early 15c., "in large quantities," from whole (adj.) + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1640s. As a verb from 1800. Related: Wholesaling; wholesaler.

updated on April 02, 2014

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Definitions of wholesale from WordNet
1
wholesale (adv.)
at a wholesale price;
I can sell it to you wholesale
wholesale (adv.)
on a large scale without careful discrimination;
I buy food wholesale
Synonyms: in large quantities
2
wholesale (v.)
sell in large quantities;
3
wholesale (n.)
the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers;
4
wholesale (adj.)
ignoring distinctions;
wholesale destruction
Synonyms: sweeping
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.