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adjective, hal·er, hal·est.
  1. free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.

Origin of hale

before 1000; Middle English (north); Old English hāl whole
Related formshale·ness, noun

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Historical Examples of haleness

  • I was mightily impressed by the haleness of the old men and women, which one rarely sees in America.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

British Dictionary definitions for haleness


  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 haleness



"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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