- (Of an old person) strong and healthy: he’s only just sixty, very hale and heartyMore example sentences
healthy, well, fit, fighting fit, in good health, bursting with health, in excellent shape, in fine fettle, fit as a fiddle, fit as a flea, in tip-top condition; flourishing, blooming, strong, robust, vigorous, hardy, sturdy, hearty, lusty, able-bodied
- He looks at you and sees you're hale and hearty, he'll say, go home, don't bother, don't do anything until you find something like a loss of appetite, weight loss and so on, then come back to me…
- Pray that those around you are hale and hearty because then only can you live happily and peacefully.
- I know it will be better with the distraction of new kitties in the house but I simply can't welcome the additions until Dr. Susan tells me they are hale and hearty.
Old English, northern variant of hāl 'whole'.
verb[with object and adverbial of direction] • archaic
- Drag or draw forcibly: he haled an old man out of the audienceMore example sentences
- Before I could say anything I felt myself being dragged, somehow I managed to grab Tori's shirt haling him to his feet, and dragging him along behind me.
- Tomorrow he will be haled before a court for his crimes.
- In any case, the death of Pelléas is a crude murder by a crazed enemy, whose depravity has already been manifest in the horrendous scene in which Golaud hales Mélisande up and down by the hair of her lovely head.
Middle English: from Old French haler, from Old Norse hala.