AskDefine | Define hale

Dictionary Definition

hale adj : exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again" [syn: whole]


1 a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776) [syn: Nathan Hale]
2 United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938) [syn: George Ellery Hale]
3 prolific United States writer (1822-1909) [syn: Edward Everett Hale]


1 to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information" [syn: coerce, squeeze, pressure, force]
2 draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets" [syn: haul, cart, drag]

User Contributed Dictionary




Etymology 1

From Old Norse heill ‘health, prosperity’.


  1. Health, welfare.

Etymology 2

Representing a Northern dialectal form of Old English hāl ‘whole’. Compare whole, hail (adjective).


  1. Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.

Etymology 3

From Old French haler < Old Norse hala < Germanic. Compare haul.


  1. To drag, pull, especially forcibly.






  1. to pull



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, haler#French|haler
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, haler#French|haler
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, haler#French|haler



Originally vale


  1. house


Extensive Definition

Hale can refer to:



From the Old English h(e)alh - nook, hollow or recess.
There was no single family which first took the name; it emerged independently across many parts of the United Kingdom - they took their name from where they lived. People who lived in a halh, - which was a specialised term for the slightest hollow which could afford shelter to a settlement, as opposed to the larger cumb or valley - could be found all over the country.

Given name

In fiction


*Hale, Greater Manchester (historically in Cheshire), near Altrincham

Other uses

See also

hale in German: Hale
hale in Spanish: Hale
hale in French: Hale
hale in Korean: HALE
hale in Japanese: ヘール
hale in Slovenian: Hale
hale in Volapük: Hale

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

able-bodied, beefy, bouncing, bunkum, doughty, drag, draggle, draw, fit, flourishing, flush, forceful, forcible, forcy, full-blooded, full-strength, gutsy, gutty, hale and hearty, hard, hard as nails, hardy, haul, healthy, hearty, heave, hefty, husky, in the pink, iron-hard, lug, lusty, mighty, nervy, obstinate, potent, powerful, puissant, pull, red-blooded, right, robust, robustious, robustuous, rude, rugged, sane, snake, sound, stalwart, steely, stout, strapping, strong, strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-willed, sturdy, take in tow, tow, trail, train, trawl, troll, tug, vigorous, vital, well, wholesome
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