\ˈhel-thē also ˈhelt- \
healthier; healthiest

Definition of healthy 

1 : free from disease or pain : enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit : well healthy children tips for staying healthy

2 : showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being : evincing health a healthy complexion has a healthy appetite

3 : beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to health healthy foods a healthy lifestyle walk three miles every day … a beastly bore, but healthy— G. S. Patton

4a : prosperous, flourishing a healthy economy

b : not small or feeble : considerable a healthy sum of money

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Other Words from healthy

healthily \ ˈhel-​thə-​lē \ adverb
healthiness \ ˈhel-​thē-​nəs \ noun

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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

Examples of healthy in a Sentence

The company is financially healthy. always a hard worker, Grandma has remained healthy into her 80s

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Brazilian cook Djana Venolia will share her Amazonian approach to cooking healthy, flavorful foods, ranging from cheese bread and chicken pot pie to sweet and salty pizza and crepes and brownies. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 2018 For years, The Americans was hailed as the best show on TV that nobody actually watched, snubbed for awards and healthy audience numbers., "This Is Keri Russell's Time To Shine — Welcome To The Russell-ution, Comrades," 13 July 2018 The reminders about personal responsibility also come with a healthy dose of support. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 But archaeologists say the soil where people of the Neolithic age likely put large timber posts can hold more residual moisture, allowing it to better cope with drought conditions and display a healthier shade of green. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Demand for loans remains strong, suggesting a healthy economy. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Investors Are Ignoring the Good News in Banks," 13 July 2018 The World Health Organization resolution stated that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies and encouraged countries to crack down on misleading claims from purveyors of formula. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 Kirkpatrick's 21 Kids Foundation describes itself as an early resource to at risk and disadvantaged children through mentorships, academic and emotional support, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Dave Clark,, "Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick takes kids on back-to-school shopping spree in Alabama," 13 July 2018 The same rules treat the euro zone’s 19 members as separate jurisdictions, not as a single one, which raises the minimum requirements for big cross-border banks (though probably not by enough to halt a merger of healthy lenders). The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of healthy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for healthy

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English Language Learners Definition of healthy

: having good health : not sick or injured

: showing good health

: good for your health


\ˈhel-thē \
healthier; healthiest

Kids Definition of healthy

1 : being sound and well : not sick

2 : showing good health a healthy complexion

3 : aiding or building up health healthy exercise

4 : rather large in extent or amount They made a healthy profit.

Other Words from healthy

healthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb living healthily


\ˈhel-thē \
healthier; healthiest

Medical Definition of healthy 

1 : enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit

2 : revealing a state of health a healthy complexion

3 : conducive to health

Other Words from healthy

healthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb
healthiness \ -​thē-​nəs \ noun

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