- free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.
Origin of hale1
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- to compel (someone) to go: to hale a man into court.
- to haul; pull.
Origin of hale2
- (in Hawaii) a simple thatched-roof dwelling.
Origin of hale3
- Edward Everett,1822–1909, U.S. clergyman and author.
- George El·ler·y [el-uh-ree] /ˈɛl ə ri/, 1868–1938, U.S. astronomer.
- Sir Matthew,1609–76, British jurist: Lord Chief Justice 1671–76.
- Nathan,1755–76, American soldier hanged as a spy by the British during the American Revolution.
- Sarah Jo·se·pha [joh-see-fuh] /dʒoʊˈsi fə/, 1788–1879, U.S. editor and author.
Examples from the Web for hale
For two decades Sue Sally (“Sal”) Hale disguised herself as a man so that she could play in matches with men around the country.Breaking Polo's Grass Ceiling
August 20, 2014
Morally opposed to an offered abortion, Hale decided to see the pregnancy to term.Parents of Stillborn Babies Post Hundreds of Memorials to YouTube
November 4, 2013
According to police, Hale had a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit.Pendleton Marines’ Car Crash Raises Questions of Alcohol Abuse in Military
June 17, 2012
But if and when success is declared, it will wear the hale face of George Osborne.Meet Britain's Austerity Chief
December 17, 2010
Southey is as hale as ever, and writes with his usual diligence.P.'s Correspondence (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Hale wrote his ‘Contemplations’ while travelling on circuit.Self-Help
The hale can look after themselves, but he is helpless, and will need a friend.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Hale remarked that she looked very young to have four children. 'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
He was hale and hearty, though more than eighty years of age.
- healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
- Scot and Northern English dialect whole
- (tr) to pull or drag; haul
- George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
- Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
Word Origin and History for hale
"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.