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 healthily (audio) \ adverb
eat healthily
healthiness \ ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthiness (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

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But the addition of the Raptors and the Grizzlies — the first time the NBA had expanded since the late 1980s — was intended to help boost the NBA’s image (not to mention inject a healthy financial infusion of $125 million per franchise). Matt Giles, Longreads, "How the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies Revived the NBA," 8 June 2019 If the Warriors were healthier, that Game 3 roster without KD and Klay would’ve won. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant return in the NBA Finals?," 7 June 2019 E’Twaun Moore takes great pride and pains to keep his body healthy. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Happy Pelican: E'Twaun Moore reflects on season, looks ahead to youth camp at East Chicago," 7 June 2019 Last month's modest job gain followed a much healthier increase of 224,000 in April. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "US hiring slows amid trade tensions and weaker global economy," 7 June 2019 New apartment buildings are under construction throughout the city as healthy job growth continues to bolster demand. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Healthy rental market spurs flurry of activity from urban core to suburbs," 7 June 2019 Generally, pension plans with funding levels of 80 percent or more are considered healthy. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "CPS Energy’s pension plan lost more than $65 Million in 2018," 7 June 2019 Altering your environment to suit your mood is healthy. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 Both mom and baby are healthy, doing great, and resting well. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Bye Bye Brunette! Jinger Duggar Goes Blonde for Summer," 6 June 2019

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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

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 healthily (audio) \ adverb
healthiness \ -​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthiness (audio) \ noun

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