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
Recent Examples on the Web The event raised $14,726 to help the non-profit with its mission of educating people about the importance of vaccines and keeping Nevada healthy, the statement said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Events promoting vaccination called off in Nevada after harassing comments were posted on social media," 30 Dec. 2019 To not be aligned with Mike in the future would be healthy for both of us. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves," 17 Dec. 2019 To keep your hips healthy, show ‘em some TLC every day. Lauren Bedosky, Health.com, "15 Hip Stretches Literally Every Body Will Benefit From," 13 Dec. 2019 According to DeCarlo, the trees should be cut no more than 12 times a year to keep them healthy. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Frankincense trees—of biblical lore—are being tapped out for essential oils," 13 Dec. 2019 Military spending was the real spark of life, and government patronage kept it healthy. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Air Force tech startup turns Silicon Valley history on its head," 13 Dec. 2019 Justin’s minutes have stayed relatively consistent, between 22-30 with the bulk of the team healthy, but McMillan has tended to ride Aaron’s ebb and flow in his shooting momentum and decision-making during his second season. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Holiday brothers take over fourth quarter for Pacers in comeback win over Celtics," 12 Dec. 2019 The catch to the deal is that conservation lands need caretaking to keep them healthy, and those in Florida have become chronically underfunded. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Will expressway cut through Split Oak Forest, or go around? Authority to decide this week," 11 Dec. 2019 Two more defensive backs have joined four others on injured reserve this week, leaving the Dolphins to rely on a core of five defensive backs who have remained healthy. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins’ secondary, after losing two more players to injuries, short-handed for final stretch of season," 11 Dec. 2019

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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The first known use of healthy was in 1552

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7 Jan 2020

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“Healthy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthiness. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for healthy

healthy

adjective
How to pronounce healthy (audio)

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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