adjective whole·some \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

Synonym Discussion of WHOLESOME

healthful, wholesome, salubrious, salutary mean favorable to the health of mind or body. healthful implies a positive contribution to a healthy condition <a healthful diet>. wholesome applies to what benefits, builds up, or sustains physically, mentally, or spiritually <wholesome foods> <the movie is wholesome family entertainment>. salubrious applies chiefly to the helpful effects of climate or air <cool and salubrious weather>. salutary describes something corrective or beneficially effective, even though it may in itself be unpleasant <a salutary warning that resulted in increased production>.

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease <a healthy family>. sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction <a sound heart>. wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance <a face with a wholesome glow>. robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly <a lively, robust little boy>. hale applies particularly to robustness in old age <still hale at the age of eighty>. well implies merely freedom from disease or illness <she has never been a well person>.

Rhymes with WHOLESOME

WHOLESOMENESS Defined for Kids


adjective whole·some \ˈhōl-səm\

Definition of WHOLESOME for Kids

:  helping to improve or keep the body in good condition <wholesome food>
:  healthy for the mind or morals <wholesome entertainment>
whole·some·ness noun


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