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[heyl] /heɪl/
verb (used with object), haled, haling.
to compel (someone) to go:
to hale a man into court.
to haul; pull.
Origin of hale2
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 Unabridged
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  • And while she was groping among them Becky returned, haling in Joseph, who in his turn haled in a kite with a long tail.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • Then, as they were haling me off, Brother Martin—do you remember him?

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • Dexippus seized on some one, and was for haling him to the Spartan governor.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • For the townsfolk, no brawling, marauding, or haling about of honest wenches.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • And "he made havoc of the Church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison."

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

  • When the surgeon knew our determination, he was for haling us back at once; what he wanted, he said, was willing men.

  • But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

  • He hath seen them watch and take their prey, haling a gennet, man, or other creature into the water.

  • An armed body of National Guards was haling to the Section headquarters a man of determined mien.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for haling


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


(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


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Word Origin and History for haling



"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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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