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

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

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 haling

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

Examples from the Web for haling

Historical Examples of haling

  • Dexippus seized on some one, and was for haling him to the Spartan governor.



  • Then, as they were haling me off, Brother Martin—do you remember him?

    The Lady Of Blossholme

    H. Rider Haggard

  • For the townsfolk, no brawling, marauding, or haling about of honest wenches.

    A Monk of Fife

    Andrew Lang

  • As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

  • But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

British Dictionary definitions for haling




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




(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



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 haling



"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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