\ 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 It had been well known that some of the park’s trees were not healthy, particularly those socketed in concrete nearest the fountain. al, "Restoration work to begin soon on Mobile’s Bienville Square," 24 Feb. 2021 Since many people with higher BMIs are healthy, the BMI can perpetuate weight bias. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "The Racist and Problematic History of the Body Mass Index," 23 Feb. 2021 Three fitness programs — Renew Active, Silver&Fit and SilverSneakers — are included with certain Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans offered by private insurers to help seniors stay healthy. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "Regular health tests can prolong your life," 22 Feb. 2021 Either way, Davies is healthy and primed to prove last year was no fluke — and that the Darvish trade wasn’t as lopsided as many believe. Paul Sullivan,, "‘Kyle Lite’? How new Chicago Cubs starter Zach Davies is similar — and different — to ace Kyle Hendricks.," 21 Feb. 2021 Now 61, and married 27 years to wife, Mary Ann, Rideout has had to take a good amount of medication to stay healthy. cleveland, "COVID may have center stage, but don’t forget to donate an organ; Perry man alive because of two donations," 20 Feb. 2021 The trial will enroll about 4,000 healthy pregnant women over 18 years old from countries in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California legislators agree on $6.5B deal to reopen schools; Joe Biden set to pledge $4B to COVAX; 493K US deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates," 19 Feb. 2021 One of the simplest ways to stay healthy is to get a good night's sleep. Kyle Valenta, Star Tribune, "Sleep on it," 12 Feb. 2021 But readily available early tests could improve treatment by letting patients take measures to stay healthy, affording them an opportunity to plan for an uncertain future and participate in clinical trials. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Detecting Alzheimer’s Gets Easier with a Simple Blood Test," 4 Feb. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Healthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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

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