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 Bigsby took a slight step back in 2021 after a very impressive freshman season, but appears fully healthy and ready to roll this fall. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 29 July 2022 With Amazon and other upstarts catering to the needs of the healthy and wealthy, everyone else will be left with fewer options for effective care. Katie Palmer And Casey Ross, STAT, 28 July 2022 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said his biggest concern was that all 50 Democrats would be healthy and able to make it to the floor. Jess Bidgood, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 Quality sleep is healthy and restorative for the body, Blattner says, so a change in sleep habits, either needing more sleep at night or naps during the day, might signal an underlying health problem. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 After deeming the population healthy and steadily growing, the Federal Subsistence Board decided to allow subsistence hunters to harvest a total of six animals per season. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 On Wednesday, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook posted a video of Lear to Twitter, in which the TV legend shared his secrets to remaining healthy and alert at 100. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 27 July 2022 They were compared with 11 cats that were perfectly healthy and 21 that were in generally good health but had a type of heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 The Cowboys hope the seventh-year passer can stay healthy and elevate young receivers this year. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 27 July 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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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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