healthy

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adjective

ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio)
 also  ˈhelt-
healthier; healthiest
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a
: 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
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: 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
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a
: prosperous, flourishing
a healthy economy
b
: not small or feeble : considerable
a healthy sum of money
healthily adverb
eat healthily
healthiness 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.

healthy

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adverb

variants or less commonly healthily
healthier; healthiest
: in a way that is beneficial to one's health
Let's face it: As much as we like to eat healthy, the old sweet tooth sometimes gets the best of us.Denise I. O'Neal
It's the time of year where fitness centres are full of well-intentioned people who have New Year's resolutions to live healthier.Doug Lunney
The aim is not to live longer but to age healthily, slowing down the onset of age-related diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and arthritis.University of Oxford
The survey … also found 57 per cent say they have made changes to cook more healthilyMichael Barker
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

Adjective The company is financially healthy. always a hard worker, Grandma has remained healthy into her 80s
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Adjective
Salmon, avocado, and anything remotely healthy or adventurous? Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2024 For low-income seniors, getting healthy food is a challenge. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for healthy 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see health

First Known Use

Adjective

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of healthy was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

healthy

adjective
healthier; healthiest
1
a
: being in good health : well
b
: indicating good health
healthy complexion
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3
a
: enjoying vigorous and rapid growth
a healthy economy
b
: not small or feeble : considerable
a healthy crowd in attendance
healthily adverb
healthiness noun

Medical Definition

healthy

adjective
healthier; healthiest
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: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit
2
: revealing a state of health
a healthy complexion
3
: conducive to health
healthily adverb
healthiness noun

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