health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl also ˈheltth- How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

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

Dig Inn, whose healthful fast-casual food has attracted not only fans but a high-profile investor, is poised to enter the Philadelphia market. Michael Klein,, "Dig Inn, a fast-growing, fast-casual restaurant out of New York, to open in Philly," 4 June 2019 After the initial cocktail hour, which highlighted the designer’s love for eclectic flowers and served drinks playfully named Spring is in the Bloomies, guests sat down for a healthful dinner. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Bloomingdale’s Toasts Prabal Gurung With a Dinner of Hemp Pasta and CBD Salsa," 10 Apr. 2019 Indulging sometimes is 100% a part of eating in a healthful way. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Willpower Is a Weight-Loss Scam That's Fueling the Diet Industry," 22 Feb. 2019 The honey whole wheat buns are a tad more healthful for the virtuous among us. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 The honey whole wheat are a tad more healthful for the virtuous among us. Noelle Carter,, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 14 June 2018 Beautifully crisp and not at all greasy, the yuca fries at Yummy Pollo offer the semblance of indulgence in what is an otherwise generally healthful dining experience. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Yummy Pollo's rotisserie chicken is a recipe for Peruvian perfection," 16 May 2018 The cafe's breakfast staples include avocado on toast, a burger on a brioche bun, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and a healthful bowl of organic black rice and kale. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Plenty of research indicates that both fiber- and nutrient-packed whole grains and legumes can absolutely be a part of a healthful diet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Pegan Diet? It's Not as Simple as Paleo + Vegan," 17 Jan. 2019

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

9 Jun 2019

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



English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Medical Definition of healthful

: beneficial to health of body or mind

Other Words from healthful

healthfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce healthfully (audio) \ 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).


standardized text or formulaic language

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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