From Middle English hatel, hetel, from Old English hatol, hetol (“hostile, malignant, hateful”), from Proto-Germanic *hatulaz, *hatilaz (“apt to hate, hating, hateful”), equivalent to hate + -le. Cognate with Middle Dutch hatel (“hateful”).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hatel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- Violent, ruthless, savage, ferocious.
- (rare) Hateful, angry, ireful, raging.
- (rare) Disliked, detestable, revolting.