healthy

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adjective \ ˈhel-thē also ˈhelt- \

Definition of healthy

healthier; healthiest
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
4 a :prosperous, flourishing
  • a healthy economy
b :not small or feeble :considerable
  • a healthy sum of money

healthily

play \ˈhel-thə-lē\ adverb

healthiness

play \ˈhel-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of healthy in a Sentence

  1. The company is financially healthy.

  2. always a hard worker, Grandma has remained healthy into her 80s

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Origin and Etymology of healthy

see health

Synonym Discussion of 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

HEALTHY Defined for English Language Learners

healthy

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adjective

Definition of healthy for English Language Learners

  • : having good health : not sick or injured

  • : showing good health

  • : good for your health


HEALTHY Defined for Kids

healthy

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adjective \ ˈhel-thē \

Definition of healthy for Students

healthier; healthiest
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.

healthily

\-thə-lē\ adverb
  • living healthily

Medical Dictionary

healthy

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adjective \ ˈhel-thē \

medical Definition of healthy

healthier; healthiest
1 :enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit
2 :revealing a state of health
  • a healthy complexion
3 :conducive to health

healthily

play \-thə-lē\ adverb

healthiness

play \-thē-nəs\ noun


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