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 Mental health is being healthy and strong mentally and emotionally, but how to achieve these goals and stay on track can be daunting without a plan or keeping a journal of your progress. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "2020: Five tips for making it a good year," 16 Jan. 2020 Please accept my heartfelt good wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2020. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Bride-to-be attempts to keep costs and hurt feelings down," 31 Dec. 2019 That means that Thornhill should have a chance to get healthy and recovered by the start of the 2020 season. Nicolas Roesch, Chiefs Wire, "Chiefs confirm S Juan Thornhill has torn ACL," 30 Dec. 2019 So far, both rhinos seem healthy and appear to be happily bonding at the zoo’s rhino barn. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Baby Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 27 Dec. 2019 The trend points to the Seahawks (+145), who have won eight straight home games vs. the 49ers, but Seattle is just not healthy and Lynch is not the answer. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks odds, picks and best bets," 27 Dec. 2019 The monk had given some to a few pigs, who vomited at first but then grew healthy and fat. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table," 27 Dec. 2019 There are people in communities around Alabama who don’t get recognition but are doing the work that keeps our mothers healthier and safer. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "7 things I learned from spending a year reporting on mothers in Alabama," 26 Dec. 2019 The yold are more numerous, healthier and wealthier than previous generations of seniors. The Economist, "The decade of the “young old” begins," 25 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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21 Jan 2020

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“Healthy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthiness?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=health05. Accessed 22 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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