- The definition of hale is healthy or free from disease.
An example of hale used as an adjective is the phrase "he looks hearty and hale," which means a person who looks healthy.
- To hale is defined as to force or push to go.
An example of to hale is to signal a horse to begin pulling a carriage.
- Hale, Edward Everett 1822-1909; U.S. clergyman & writer
- Hale, George Ellery 1868-1938; U.S. astronomer
- Hale, Nathan 1755-76; Am. soldier in the Revolutionary War: hanged by the British as a spy
Origin of haleMiddle English, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbhaled haled, hal·ing, hales
- To compel to go: “In short order the human rights campaign was haled before a high court of indignation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- Archaic To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.
Origin of haleMiddle English halen, to pull, drag, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see kel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Old English hǣlu, hǣl, from a noun-derivative of Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, healthy”).
- Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".
Representing a Northern dialectal form of Old English hāl (“whole”), perhaps influenced by Old Norse heill (Webster's suggests ‘partly from Old English, partly from Old Norse’), both from Proto-Germanic *hailaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (“healthy, whole”). Compare whole, hail (adjective).
(third-person singular simple present hales, present participle haling, simple past and past participle haled)
From Middle English halen, from Anglo-Norman haler, from Old Dutch *halon (compare Dutch halen), from Proto-Germanic *halōną (compare Old English geholian, West Frisian helje, German holen), from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ‘to lift’ (compare Latin excellere ‘to surpass’, Tocharian B käly- ‘to stand, stay’, Albanian qell (“to halt, hold up, carry”), Lithuanian kélti ‘to raise up’, Ancient Greek κελέοντες (keléontes) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of haul.
Old English dative form of halh (“hollow, nook”)