- to compel (someone) to go: to hale a man into court.
- to haul; pull.
Origin of hale2
Examples from the Web for haled
He would have clutched the doctor, and haled him forth by force in bedgown and slippers as he was.Captain Blood
But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.Bardelys the Magnificent
It was not to advise me of her capture that he had had me haled into his odious presence.The Shame of Motley
On this account he was haled before the disciplinary committee of the faculty.In a Little Town
As a result, Blake was haled before the magistrates and committed for trial.Highways & Byways in Sussex
- 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 haled
"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.