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Friday, November 22, 2002

Definitions for hale

  1. Free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.

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Citations for hale
Uncle Charles was a hale old man with a well tanned skin, rugged features and white side whiskers. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The person whom the traveller had so abruptly encountered was of this kind: bluff, hale, hearty, and in a green old age: at peace with himself, and evidently disposed to be so with all the world. Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
Origin of hale
Hale comes from Middle English hal, related to whole. The alliterative phrase hale and hearty is often applied to older persons who retain the health and vigor of youth.