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

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Some may have been containered most of the summer and could be less healthy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How and When To Plant a Tree," 25 Apr. 2019 Hydration isn’t just a key part of Swenson’s morning routine, but a year-round essential for keeping her skin healthy and happy. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 In the short term, the AGXX coating is effective at keeping those aboard the ISS healthy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Coating Keeps ISS Toilet Door Almost-Bacteria Free," 19 Mar. 2019 To improve your odds of keeping your landscape healthy, buy boxwoods that are more disease-resistant like the ones featured here, and don't plant them too close together so air can circulate. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 There are very few geniuses out there, and there aren’t enough to keep the economy or our organizations healthy. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "CEOs have never been more idolized. 5 experts explain why that’s a problem.," 29 Nov. 2018 Another win: Homemade food is usually lower in calories and contains less sodium, so making the time to meal plan may also help keep your family healthy, too. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 Clocking in those all-important Zzz's is essential to staying healthy and happy, and for some folks, taking a melatonin supplement does the trick for helping get a good night's sleep. Allure, "Melatonin Is Trending in Skin Care Lately, But Can It Really Benefit Your Skin?," 20 Mar. 2019 China’s property market is still healthy in many areas. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks," 16 Feb. 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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