\ 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 infant Khloe was healthy, but Washington was pronounced dead after doctors spent 45 minutes performing CPR. Ally Mauch,, "Death of Pregnant Black Woman, Sha-Asia Washington, Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality," 10 July 2020 For those of us privileged to be healthy and stuck at home, the days felt shapeless, the weeks piled up. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "All these Zoom birthdays and weddings are fine, but will we actually savor the memories?," 10 July 2020 If fully healthy, OSU could have the luxury of starting two fifth-year seniors at outside linebacker in Hughes-Murray and Rashed, backed up by four players with starting experience. oregonlive, "Oregon State 2020 football position preview: Led by Hamilcar Rashed Jr., the Beavers’ outside linebackers are among the Pac-12’s elite position groups," 8 July 2020 Pedro Baez and Ross Stripling are locks to make the team if healthy. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers sign reliever AJ Ramos to a minor league contract," 2 July 2020 None of those rebuilding projects would have translated into the career revival that Newton both craves and is capable of achieving, if healthy. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cam Newton-New England Patriots union could be a match made in heaven," 29 June 2020 Those who were healthy at the end of camp and not on the 51-man list include outfielder Chris Shaw and relievers Jandel Gustave and Melvin Adon. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Hunter Bishop tests positive for coronavirus; team lists 51-man player pool," 29 June 2020 If healthy, there’s a legitimate argument to be made that Harrison is a better player than Poe at this stage in their careers, though Poe probably has more staying power due to his younger age. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 free agents who could still improve the Cowboys’ roster, including this immovable object at nose tackleThis article has comments enabled.," 26 June 2020 If healthy, the report notes that natural ecosystems are also able to also adapt to rising tides and changing climatic conditions, as well as providing other benefits, like purifying waterways and providing more habitats for wildlife. Popular Science, "Healthy ecosystems are nature’s barrier to hurricane damage," 26 June 2020

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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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2 Aug 2020

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“Healthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


\ 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


\ 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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