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hale1

[heyl] /heɪl/
adjective, haler, halest.
1.
free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous:
hale and hearty men in the prime of life.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English (north); Old English hāl whole
Related forms
haleness, noun
Synonyms
sound, healthy,
Antonyms
sickly.

hale2

[heyl] /heɪl/
verb (used with object), haled, haling.
1.
to compel (someone) to go:
to hale a man into court.
2.
to haul; pull.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English halen < Middle French haler < Germanic; compare Dutch halen to pull, fetch; akin to Old English geholian to get, German holen to fetch. See haul
Related forms
haler, noun

hale3

[hah-ley] /ˈhɑ leɪ/
noun
1.
(in Hawaii) a simple thatched-roof dwelling.
Origin
< Hawaiian; house, building

Hale

[heyl] /heɪl/
noun
1.
Edward Everett, 1822–1909, U.S. clergyman and author.
2.
George Ellery
[el-uh-ree] /ˈɛl ə ri/ (Show IPA),
1868–1938, U.S. astronomer.
3.
Sir Matthew, 1609–76, British jurist: Lord Chief Justice 1671–76.
4.
Nathan, 1755–76, American soldier hanged as a spy by the British during the American Revolution.
5.
Sarah Josepha
[joh-see-fuh] /dʒoʊˈsi fə/ (Show IPA),
1788–1879, U.S. editor and author.
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Examples from the web for hale
  • hale has the best antecedents, and has been favored with the best course of training to fit him for his chosen work.
  • Indeed, many boffins are irked by how hale and hearty the venerable model is proving.
  • hale has been admitted to probate and its provisions made known.
  • They may all still marry amongst a set of individuals who hale from the same original few villages.
British Dictionary definitions for hale

hale1

/heɪl/
adjective
1.
healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
2.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) whole
Derived Forms
haleness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hælwhole

hale2

/heɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to pull or drag; haul
Derived Forms
haler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to acquire

Hale

/heɪl/
noun
1.
George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
2.
Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
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Word Origin and History for hale
adj.

"healthy," Old English hal "healthy, entire, uninjured" (see health). The Scottish and northern English form of whole; it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734). Related: Haleness.

v.

c.1200, "drag; summon," in Middle English used of arrows, bowstrings, reins, anchors, from Old French haler "to pull, haul" (12c.), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halon or Old Dutch halen; probably also from Old English geholian "obtain" (see haul). Figurative sense of "to draw (someone) from one condition to another" is late 14c. Related: Haled; haling.

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