Ale vs Alew - What's the difference?

ale | alew |

As an interjection ale

is let's go!, come on!.

As a noun alew is

(obsolete|rare) a cry of despair.




  • An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.
  • Note: The word ale, in England and the United States, usually designates a heavier kind of fermented liquor, and the word beer a lighter kind. The word beer is also in common use as the generic name for all non-distilled malt liquors.
  • A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.
  • Synonyms

    * (liquor) beer (loosely), yill

    Derived terms

    () * alehouse * alewife * ginger ale * pale ale * real ale


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    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, rare) A cry of despair.
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.6:
  • *:Yet did she not lament with loude alew , / As women wont, but with deepe sighes and singults few.