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 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 Senior vitamins probably have little benefit in keeping older adults awake, and have never been shown to have benefit in keeping people healthy, so long as the person is eating a reasonable diet. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Ordonez supported his academy teammates in their respective first-team opportunities while also maintaining a healthy amount of envy. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 14 July 2021 Why not leave all the green fronds and only remove the brown ones, plus old flower or fruiting stalks to keep the palms healthy? Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 10 July 2021 So Lawson’s family in Ohio hunkered down quickly and masked up often to keep Scarlett healthy. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 9 July 2021 Coyle, like defenseman Kevan Miller, spent a healthy amount of time with the Bruins’ training staff, trying different kinds of therapies to relieve pain. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 This means that leaders need a healthy amount of self-awareness and self-reflection – an ability to be in touch with their emotions, attitudes, and motivations on a daily basis. Rasmus Hougaard, Forbes, 7 July 2021 But at Bleach, our ethos is how to keep your hair as healthy as possible while doing that. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2021 As the Cubs continue to get healthy, any returning players can’t be seen as the only answer. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 5 July 2021

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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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“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for healthy

healthy

adjective

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 healthy (audio) \ adverb
healthiness \ -​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthy (audio) \ noun

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