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 Proud of this administration for ensuring a safer and healthier future for our nations children. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Melania Trump touts success of 'Be Best' campaign as US life expectancy rises," 1 Feb. 2020 Whereas humans have thousands of kinds of gut bacteria (and no two humans have exactly the same set of microbes), all honey bees have the same six to eight gut microbes, which keep the bees healthy. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Mite-destroying gut bacterium might help save vulnerable honey bees," 30 Jan. 2020 Of those, Kelly seems the most likely to shift into a relief role, assuming everyone is healthy. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Madison Bumgarner’s flexibility pays off for Arizona Diamondbacks in Starling Marte trade," 28 Jan. 2020 Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack talks about how his Louisville team needs to be ready for a now-healthy Boston College team. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Your scouting report for Louisville basketball at Boston College – and how to watch," 28 Jan. 2020 But there are reports of cases in healthy people, as well as children and infants. Ars Technica, "Here’s the latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan," 28 Jan. 2020 But then the really important other 50% of the process is also trying to imagine, and hopefully embody, healthier gender roles. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "Penn Badgley Talks You, Gender Equality, and Violence Against Women," 28 Jan. 2020 Yet while he’s been attacked by younger, hungrier, more diverse candidates, Biden has maintained his dominant position among African-American voters and kept a healthy plurality of the older Democrats who turn out in primary elections. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Coming Biden and Bernie Show," 27 Jan. 2020 More video study and staring at stats is not always healthy. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "If John Beilein had to do it over again, would he come to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers?," 26 Jan. 2020

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for healthy

healthy

adjective
How to pronounce healthy (audio)

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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