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Whole"sale` (?), n. Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail.
By wholesale, in the mass; in large quantities; without distinction or discrimination.
Some, from vanity or envy, despise a valuable book, and throw contempt upon it by wholesale. I. Watts.
Whole"sale`, a. 1. Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price.
2. Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter. “A time for wholesale trust.” Mrs. Humphry Ward.