follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

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
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hales

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hales
hale
"healthy," O.E. hal "healthy" (see health). The Scottish and northern English form of whole, it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734).
hale
"drag, summon," c.1200, from O.Fr. haler "to pull, haul," from Frankish *halon or O.Du. halen, both from P.Gmc.; probably also from O.E. geholian "obtain" (see haul).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for hale

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hales

8
8
Scrabble Words With Friends