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hale

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adjective \ˈhāl\

Simple Definition of hale

  • : healthy and strong

Full Definition of hale

  1. :  free from defect, disease, or infirmity :  sound; also :  retaining exceptional health and vigor <a hale and hearty old man>

Examples of hale

  1. <still hale and strong at 80, often outdoing his younger golfing buddies>



Origin of hale

partly from Middle English (northern) hale, from Old English hāl; partly from Middle English hail, from Old Norse heill — more at whole


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of hale

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease <a healthy family>. sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction <a sound heart>. wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance <a face with a wholesome glow>. robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly <a lively, robust little boy>. hale applies particularly to robustness in old age <still hale at the age of eighty>. well implies merely freedom from disease or illness <she has never been a well person>.

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hale

verb

Definition of hale

haledhal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  haul, pull

  3. 2 :  to compel to go



Examples of hale

  1. <the fishermen haled the huge net onto the deck of the ship>



Origin of hale

Middle English halen, from Anglo-French haler, aler — more at haul


First Known Use: 13th century


Hale

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biographical name \ˈhāl\

Definition of Hale

  1. Edward Everett 1822–1909 Am. Unitarian clergyman & writer




Hale

biographical name

Definition of Hale

  1. George Ellery 1868–1938 Am. astron.




Hale

biographical name

Definition of Hale

  1. Sir Matthew 1609–1676 Eng. jurist




Hale

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Definition of Hale

  1. Nathan 1755–1776 Am. Revolutionary hero





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