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 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

For me, the biggest point, independent of all of that, is being healthy. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Talking with ... Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo," 19 July 2019 Dantonio said quarterback Brian Lewerke remains the starter for the third straight year, adding the senior’s right shoulder is healthy again and his confidence has returned. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's Mark Dantonio: Spartans working to 'chase the moment'," 18 July 2019 CoreLogic says that while many economists have pointed to stock market stumbles as a sign of an imminent slowdown, the housing market is healthy, albeit losing some of its momentum. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Hot housing market has fueled economic expansion—and inequality," 18 July 2019 On a call after the release, Netflix executives emphasized international markets where subscriber growth is still healthy. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Netflix is losing beloved shows, subscribers, and confidence," 18 July 2019 As long as Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are healthy, the Saints will be potent on offense, and adding tight end Jared Cook won't hurt. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking the Colts' 2019 opponents," 12 July 2019 When both players are healthy, there's little question that Tytoń will dress over Hague, but Hague's acquitted himself well enough for the club to see fit to continue dressing him. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati bet big on the MLS SuperDraft. So far, it's been a smart gamble.," 3 July 2019 As these machines increasingly become part of domestic life, those relationships usher in ethical questions: Are those bonds healthy? Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Second Coming of the Robot Pet," 1 July 2019 That’s what gridlock looks like in a nearly evenly divided United States, and if that gridlock can force the real work of governance back to state and local governments, then gridlock can be healthy. David French, National Review, "The Democrats Have No Answer for Mitch McConnell. Good.," 28 June 2019

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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

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

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