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 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 The Cavs aren’t good enough -- or healthy enough -- for the try-hard approach to matter in the win-loss column. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers searching for small victories as injuries mount," 13 Jan. 2021 Finally healthy before a back injury in season finale. Dallas News, "Keep ‘em or leave ‘em: Vote on what the Cowboys should do with Dak Prescott, Aldon Smith, and other free agents," 11 Jan. 2021 The diet advocates heart-healthy foods that are typically eaten in the Mediterranean. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "New year, new you? Here's what experts say is the best diet for 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 The Mediterranean diet also tied with the DASH diet and the Ornish diet for top honors in best heart-healthy diet. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet named best diet for 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Rights groups warn of the erosion of once-healthy democracies and new threats to freedom and privacy posed by government cyber surveillance. Washington Post, "The world in 2030 may be worse than in 2020," 4 Jan. 2021 Unsaturated Fats: Swap out other fatty items with things like heart-healthy olive oil, avocados, and plenty of nuts, among others. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Mayo Clinic Diet? Our Nutritionist Explains How This Program Aids Weight Loss," 4 Jan. 2021 Rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, sesame oil is available in two forms: plain and toasted. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Start the new year light with low-calorie Korean Cucumber Salad," 3 Jan. 2021 Homolka’s healthy, easy and accessible recipes are configured for busy families on the go in this new title aimed at preparing dishes that are easy to batch out into portions designed to last through the week or to be frozen. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "6 new healthy, vegan, plant-based vegetarian and gluten-free cookbooks to kick off the new year," 30 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'healthy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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23 Jan 2021

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“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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

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