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hale1

[heyl]
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adjective, hal·er, hal·est.
  1. free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.
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Origin of hale1

before 1000; Middle English (north); Old English hāl whole
Related formshale·ness, noun

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sound, healthy,

Antonyms

sickly.
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Historical Examples

  • I was mightily impressed by the haleness of the old men and women, which one rarely sees in America.

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    James Norman Hall


British Dictionary definitions for haleness

hale1

adjective
  1. healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
  2. Scot and Northern English dialect whole
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Derived Formshaleness, noun

Word Origin

Old English hæl whole

hale2

verb
  1. (tr) to pull or drag; haul
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Derived Formshaler, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to acquire

Hale

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 haleness

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.

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hale

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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