Sound in body; vigorous and healthy.
1822-1909; U.S. clergyman & writer.
1868-1938; U.S. astronomer.
1755-76; Am. soldier in the Revolutionary War: hanged by the British as a spy.
To pull forcibly; drag; haul.
To force (a person) to go.
Haled him into court.
Free from infirmity or illness; sound.
To compel to go.
To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.
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.
Origin of hale
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.