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
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

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 This shampoo works as a cleanser to free your scalp of buildup and grime that is preventing your hair from growing healthy and full. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 But the Tigers need Mize and Manning to be healthy and available to grow into the foundational pieces. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 This has helped keep me mentally healthy and on track. Indira Hodzic, Forbes, 18 May 2022 In 2021, Igbinoghene watched as his teammates played 10 games without him, even though the former Hewitt-Trussville High School star was healthy and ready to play. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 18 May 2022 Trying to be healthy and strong for myself and my family. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 Pruning will help keep your Meyer lemon tree healthy and attractive. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 On Tuesday, the Edwards Aquifer Authority marked the aquifer at 646.4 feet, nearly 15 feet below what’s considered a healthy and sustainable level. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Beckford said that healthy and organic food at chain supermarkets is often more expensive, and with the current inflation, this particularly hurts communities of color. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of healthy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for healthy

see health

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23 May 2022

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“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for healthy

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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