healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) also ˈhelt- \
healthier; healthiest

Definition of healthy

1a : enjoying good health healthy children tips for staying healthy : free from disease Damping off rots healthy seedlings at soil level, breaking the heart of the gardener as surely as it breaks tender stems.— Leslie Land A person with heart disease will not be able to tolerate the same doses and drugs as a person with a healthy heart.— Sallie Tisdale
b : not displaying clinical signs of disease or infection A patient with HIV may be healthy for several years before developing either the cluster of symptoms identified as AIDS or any of the bacterial, viral, fungal or protozoal infections known as AIDS Related Complex …— Al Veerhoff
2 : beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to or associated with good health or reduced risk of disease healthy foods a healthy lifestyle … walk three miles every day … a beastly bore, but healthy.— G. S. Patton Generally, a BMI of 19 to 25 indicates a healthy weight.Mayo Clinic Health Letter
3 : showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being : evincing good health a healthy complexion has a healthy appetite The best thing about a good sense of humor, of course, is that it's a sure sign that you have a healthy attitude—always a refreshing check in the plus column.Glamour
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 How to pronounce healthy (audio) \ adverb
eat healthily
healthiness \ ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthy (audio) \ noun
Much has been made in recent years of the healthiness of the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil. — R. W. Apple Jr.

Choose the Right Synonym for healthy

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
Recent Examples on the Web Our training staff, getting me healthy, my family supporting me in this journey. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "'It's just so far-fetched': Cincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley throws his first career no-hitter," 8 May 2021 Townsend has gone from a cheerleader for D.C.’s healthy nightlife to a lifeline for an industry in peril. Washington Post, "She’s chasing a Washington dream. He’s the Night Mayor.," 8 May 2021 Dowd was 31 and healthy but wanted protection in case of a medical emergency. Jenny Deam, ProPublica, "He Bought Health Insurance for Emergencies. Then He Fell Into a $33,601 Trap.," 8 May 2021 After taking a healthy sip of the lemonade, the former running back expressed his approval and placed payment on the table before walking away. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Watch Bo Jackson give kids $100 at lemonade stand during PGA event in Birmingham," 8 May 2021 Barring an injury in offseason or training camp, the Colts are set at their top four receiver spots — Pittman Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and a healthy Parris Campbell can be written into those spots in pen. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Undrafted, hyper-productive Colts WR Tyler Vaughns hell-bent on proving NFL missed on him," 8 May 2021 But these human-animal connections are healthy, pandemic or no pandemic, said Karyn Hoffman, a Boca Raton social worker and therapist. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.," 30 Apr. 2021 The Summit and its year-long process are built on a series of interdependent dialogues in which everyone can debate and settle on actions that can make food systems more healthy, sustainable and equitable. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Quartz, "A lack of basic agricultural data is holding African countries back," 30 Apr. 2021 An even, golden tan stays on for longer on healthy, smooth and youthful skin. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "Beauty Tricks And Tips For A Sun-Kissed Summer Glow All Year Long," 27 Apr. 2021

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

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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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“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for healthy

healthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of healthy

: having good health : not sick or injured
: showing good health
: good for your health

healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) \
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

healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce healthy (audio) \ adverb
healthiness \ -​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthy (audio) \ noun

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