Hales vs Halls - What's the difference?

hales | halls |

As a verb hales

is third-person singular of hale.

As a noun halls is

plural of hall.




  • (hale)
  • Anagrams

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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • (archaic) Health, welfare.
  • * Spenser
  • All heedless of his dearest hale .

    Etymology 2

    Representing a Northern dialectal form of (etyl) .


  • Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Last year we thought him strong and hale .
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
    "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"
    * unhale
    Usage notes
    * Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) halen, from (etyl) haler, from (etyl) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of (l).


  • To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
  • * , II.6:
  • For I had beene vilely hurried and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me upon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
  • * 1820 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), , :
  • The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom / As some dark Priest hales the reluctant victim / Shall drag thee, cruel King, to kiss the blood.
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  • He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance..
  • * 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), (A Place of Greater Safety) , Harper Perennial, 2007, page 262:
  • They will hale the King to Paris, and have him under their eye.


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  • (UK, uncountable) student accommodation
  • * 2004 , anonymous student, quoted in K Woodley, "Let the data sing: representing discourse in poetic form", Oral History volumes 31-32, page 49
  • He was chatting to a couple of girls so I went over and introduced myself, said, "Hello, I er... I’m in the same halls as you." He just looked at me and said, "And?"
  • * 2008 , Anshuman Ahmed Mondal, Young British Muslim Voices , page 15
  • 'I had a massive argument with my parents about moving into halls' and they even tried to bribe me a bit and said, "You know, if you don't go into '''halls''' we'll give you the money that you would have paid in ' halls as a gift."
  • * 2009 , anonymous Disability Advisor, quoted in Supporting people with autism through adulthood , National Audit Office, page 30
  • Once B started University he did really well; the structured environment provided by his university suited him well and he loved it so much that by the end of the first term he decided he did want to live in halls after all.
  • * 2010 , Julius Falconer, Tempt Not the Stars , page 127
  • 'Yes. The first year he was in halls but was glad to leave for digs after that.'


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