adjective \ˈhōl-səm\

: helping to keep your body healthy : good for your health

: morally good

: suggesting good health or behavior

Full Definition of WHOLESOME

:  promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit
:  promoting health of body
a :  sound in body, mind, or morals
b :  having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity
a :  based on well-grounded fear :  prudent <a wholesome respect for the law>
b :  safe <it wouldn't be wholesome for you to go down there — Mark Twain>
whole·some·ly adverb
whole·some·ness noun

Examples of WHOLESOME

  1. a wholesome dish made with vegetables
  2. less-than-wholesome entertainment that wasn't appropriate for children
  3. a young actor known for his wholesome good looks

First Known Use of WHOLESOME

13th century

Rhymes with WHOLESOME


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