\ˈhel-thē also ˈhelt- \
healthier; healthiest

Definition of healthy 

1 : free from disease or pain : enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit : well healthy children tips for staying healthy

2 : showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being : evincing health a healthy complexion has a healthy appetite

3 : beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to health healthy foods a healthy lifestyle walk three miles every day … a beastly bore, but healthy— G. S. Patton

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 \ adverb
healthiness \ˈhel-​thē-​nəs \ noun

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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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Here’s to healthy, hydrated, and happy skin through spring. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Preventing Dry Skin—From a Top Dermatologist," 26 Oct. 2018 Sofija Stefanovi, an anthropologist at the University of Belgrade, says that based on her bone analyses of many Mesolithic remains at Iron Gates, the foragers were healthy with no signs of malnutrition. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 These ailing former imbibers could collectively drag down the health of the non-drinking group, making drinkers and drinking appear healthier, or so the hypothesis goes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There’s no risk-free amount of alcohol, population-level study finds," 27 Aug. 2018 The key to the Dolphins making a surprise push for the playoffs is getting quarterback Ryan Tannehill healthy, and keeping him that way. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Here's five reasons to feel better about the Miami Dolphins in July," 13 July 2018 It is not known what the course of action will be when the right-hander is healthy, especially considering the team’s inclination to see a number of younger pitchers in the season’s final months. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Stammen runs into Utley; Lauer's limit; Lyles' rehab," 13 July 2018 If Watson is healthy, the Texans have the weapons if the offensive is adequate. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Texans," 11 July 2018 An ankle injury and a broken hamate bone in his hand limited his development early, but Harrison took off once healthy in 2017, winning Midwest League MVP honors. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "A skilled three-sport star, the Marlins' top prospect might be baseball's most athletic," 9 July 2018 Study authors from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Seoul National University followed nearly 900 healthy adults over a 12-year period. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of healthy

: having good health : not sick or injured

: showing good health

: good for your health


\ˈhel-thē \
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 \
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 \ adverb
healthiness \-​thē-​nəs \ noun

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