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hale

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[ heyl ]
/ heɪl /
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adjective, hal·er, hal·est.

free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.

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Origin of hale

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English (north); Old English hāl “sound, uninjured”; see origin at whole,heal

OTHER WORDS FROM hale

haleness, noun

Definition for hale (2 of 4)

hale2
[ heyl ]
/ heɪl /

verb (used with object), haled, hal·ing.

to compel (someone) to go: to hale a man into court.
to haul; pull.

Origin of hale

2
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

OTHER WORDS FROM hale

haler, noun

Definition for hale (3 of 4)

hale3
[ hah-ley ]
/ ˈhɑ leɪ /

noun

(in Hawaii) a simple thatched-roof dwelling.

Origin of hale

3
From Hawaiian; house, building

Definition for hale (4 of 4)

Hale
[ heyl ]
/ heɪl /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for hale (1 of 3)

hale1
/ (heɪl) /

adjective

healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
Scot and Northern English dialect whole

Derived forms of hale

haleness, noun

Word Origin for hale

Old English hæl whole

British Dictionary definitions for hale (2 of 3)

hale2
/ (heɪl) /

verb

(tr) to pull or drag; haul

Derived forms of hale

haler, 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

British Dictionary definitions for hale (3 of 3)

Hale
/ (heɪl) /

noun

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)
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