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Origin of hale

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 formshal·er, noun
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Related Words for haled

pull, draw, move, tow, lug, transport, yank, truck, trail, hale, magnetize, tug, schlepp

Examples from the Web for haled

Historical Examples of haled

  • He would have clutched the doctor, and haled him forth by force in bedgown and slippers as he was.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.

  • It was not to advise me of her capture that he had had me haled into his odious presence.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • On this account he was haled before the disciplinary committee of the faculty.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • As a result, Blake was haled before the magistrates and committed for trial.

British Dictionary definitions for haled


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

Word Origin for hale

Old English hæl whole


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

Word Origin for hale

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


  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 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.

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