Pres. hales, past haled, halled, pp. halet
‘to draw; loose (from bow); rise, come, go, pass; take a drink (from)’ (Modern English hale)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
hala ‘to haul, pull’
(ONP hala (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far hála, Icel hala, Norw hala, Dan hale
Phonological and morphological markers
Common and widespread in ME (inc. Chaucer and Gower), albeit esp. frequent in alliterative verse (inc. LB and PP).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 136, 458, 788, etc.; Cl 380, 1520; Pat 219
Morris (notes) suggests emending Gaw 681 hadet to *halet ‘exiled?’, but most other editions have been satisified with the MS reading and a translation ‘beheaded’. Madden retains hadet and glosses ‘at enmity ?’. Napier 1902: 86 proffers *hacket. Cl MS 380 <aled> is often emended to [h]aled.