\ ˈhel-thē also ˈhelt- \
healthier; healthiest

Definition of healthy 

1 : free from disease or pain : enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit : well healthy children tips for staying healthy

2 : showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being : evincing health a healthy complexion has a healthy appetite

3 : beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to health healthy foods a healthy lifestyle walk three miles every day … a beastly bore, but healthy —G. S. Patton

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 \ adverb
healthiness \ˈhel-thē-nəs \ noun

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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

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Many say that being involved in different activities has made them happier and healthier. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 All the activities are monitored by Nicklaus pediatric endocrinology nurses to ensure a safe and healthy environment, according to a news release. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Diabetic children learn about nutrition and keeping healthy at Camp Roaring Sun," 10 July 2018 No parent is ever prepared to hear that his or her child is anything other than happy and healthy. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 Edith had a wonderfully healthy and refreshing outlook on life., "Edith Kabatznick," 3 July 2018 This week Enzo came home happy, healthy and strong. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "ESPN's Tony Reali delivered a powerful on-air reflection on losing his child," 18 June 2018 Keeping himself trim and fit turned into a healthy and happy lifestyle. Johnny Gorches, Post-Tribune, "'I'm so lucky and blessed': Portage's Buster Battreall gives up basketball, becomes nationally known with Ford Models," 14 July 2018 Jackie is a three-year (varsity) player who is really smart and should be healthy and ready to go this season. Bob Narang,, "Jacqueline Bickhaus preps for 'season to remember' at Buffalo Grove," 14 July 2018 Being healthy and watching them on TV play is a different feeling. Matthew Defranks,, "Catcher J.T. Realmuto returns to Marlins as an All-Star and a father," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of healthy

: having good health : not sick or injured

: showing good health

: good for your health


\ ˈhel-thē \
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 \
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 \ adverb
healthiness \-thē-nəs \ noun

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