If you're hale, you’re strong and in good health. Think "hale and hearty," the well-known phrase to describe someone who can lift a piano or work ten hours in a field without blinking an eye.

Don't confuse hale with hail. Hale, again, is healthy. Hail is for hailing a cab, or hailing to Caesar, and it also means a kind of precipitation where frozen ice balls pour down from the sky. Hale is a word that conjures up country folk, farming stock, people who swear that they haven’t had to go to a doctor in ten years because they sleep with the windows open 365 days a year.

Definitions of hale
  1. adjective
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    hale and hearty”
    synonyms: whole
    having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
  2. verb
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    synonyms: coerce, force, pressure, squeeze
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    turn up the heat, turn up the pressure
    apply great or increased pressure
    to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
    overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
    steamroll, steamroller
    bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
    squeeze for
    squeeze someone for money, information, etc.
    dragoon, railroad, sandbag
    compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
    terrorise, terrorize
    coerce by violence or with threats
    bring oneself
    cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative
    type of:
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  3. verb
    draw slowly or heavily
    synonyms: cart, drag, haul
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    bouse, bowse
    haul with a tackle
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
Commonly confused words

hale / hail

Hale describes someone hearty and healthy. Rarr. All hail the next word! To hail is to greet enthusiastically. And when it hails, ice falls from the sky and hits those hale people on the head.

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