healthful

adjective
health·ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl also ˈheltth- \

Definition of healthful 

1 : beneficial to health of body or mind

2 : healthy he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful face —Saul Bellow

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from healthful

healthfully adverb
healthfulness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for healthful

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

Examples of healthful in a Sentence

The meal was both healthful and satisfying. one of the most healthful forms of exercise is a brisk walk

Recent Examples on the Web

But even some of the most healthful smoothie ingredients can add up to a lot of calories and therefore, interfere with your weight loss goals — or worse, lead to unintentional weight gain. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to build a better smoothie, according to a nutritionist," 26 May 2018 This addition makes the cake extra-moist and creates a truly healthful treat. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How (And Why) To Grow And Eat More Beets," 18 Apr. 2017 But not for one husband and wife, who lost a combined 135 pounds and decided to maintain their healthful lifestyle during their recent trip away. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Couple Lost a Combined 135 Pounds Together—Here’s How They Stay Healthy on Vacation," 27 June 2018 Knowing that barley was healthful, Mr. Gopi, Ms. Jimenez and a third founder, Jessica Aguirre, nibbled it plain. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste," 25 June 2018 The shutdown also will compromise a range of incentive programs that have emerged over the past decade to improve low-income shoppers' access to healthful food. Jane Black And Leah Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Inside, members of his team work in tandem, like pieces on a chessboard: Scientists in white lab coats and chefs in black aprons, conjuring up recipes for more healthful foods, beverages, and snacks. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Can Adam Melonas cook up a food revolution from his secretive Fenway lab?," 27 June 2018 When the volume was high, 52 percent of the orders were unhealthful, and only 25 percent were considered healthful. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.," 31 May 2018 One tablespoon of whole flaxseed has 3 grams of fiber and about 4 grams of healthful fat; one tablespoon of ground flaxseed has 2 grams of fiber and about 4 grams of beneficial fat. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'healthful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about healthful

Statistics for healthful

Last Updated

1 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for healthful

The first known use of healthful was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for healthful

healthful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health

healthful

adjective
health·ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl \

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet

healthful

adjective
health·ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl \

Medical Definition of healthful 

: beneficial to health of body or mind

Other words from healthful

healthfully \-fə-lē \ adverb
healthfulness noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on healthful

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for healthful

Spanish Central: Translation of healthful

Nglish: Translation of healthful for Spanish Speakers

Comments on healthful

What made you want to look up healthful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!