[ heyl ]
/ heɪl /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. haldane effect,
  2. haldane, john burdon sanderson,
  3. haldane, john scott,
  4. haldimand,
  5. haldol,
  6. hale and hearty,
  7. hale telescope,
  8. hale, edward everett,
  9. hale, george ellery,
  10. hale, nathan

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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British Dictionary definitions for haled


/ (heɪl) /


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

Word Origin for hale

Old English hæl whole


/ (heɪl) /


(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


/ (heɪl) /


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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Word Origin and History for haled
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