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Pronunciation: /heɪl
 
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adjective

(Of an old person) strong and healthy: he’s only just sixty, very hale and hearty
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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;
informal in the pink, right as rain, full of vim, up to snuff

Origin

Old English, northern variant of hāl 'whole'.

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  • wassail from (Middle English):

    In the Middle Ages wassail was a drinking toast that literally meant ‘Be in good health’. The polite reply was drinkhail, ‘Drink good health’. Both words come from Old Norse, and were probably introduced by Danish-speaking inhabitants of England. By the 12th century they were considered by the Normans to be characteristic of Englishmen: in a work of 1190 the English students at the university of Paris are praised for generosity and other virtues, but are said to be too much addicted to ‘wassail’ and ‘drinkhail’. The second half of each toast is related to the Old English words hale (Old English), as in hale and hearty, hail (Middle English) to greet’, and whole (Old English).

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hale2

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Pronunciation: /heɪl
 
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verb

[with object and adverbial of direction] archaic
Drag or draw forcibly: he haled an old man out of the audience
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French haler, from Old Norse hala.

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  • wassail from (Middle English):

    In the Middle Ages wassail was a drinking toast that literally meant ‘Be in good health’. The polite reply was drinkhail, ‘Drink good health’. Both words come from Old Norse, and were probably introduced by Danish-speaking inhabitants of England. By the 12th century they were considered by the Normans to be characteristic of Englishmen: in a work of 1190 the English students at the university of Paris are praised for generosity and other virtues, but are said to be too much addicted to ‘wassail’ and ‘drinkhail’. The second half of each toast is related to the Old English words hale (Old English), as in hale and hearty, hail (Middle English) to greet’, and whole (Old English).

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