unhealthy

adjective
un·​healthy | \ ˌən-ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Definition of unhealthy

1 : not conducive to health : not healthful an unhealthy climate unhealthy habits unhealthy foods
2 : not in good health : sickly, diseased unhealthy animals
3a : risky, unsound an unhealthy economy
b : of a harmful nature : bad, injurious unhealthy levels of lead
c : morally contaminated : corrupt, unwholesome an unhealthy imagination

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Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthily \ ˌən-​ˈhel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \ adverb
unhealthiness \ ˌən-​ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of unhealthy in a Sentence

Her skin looks blotchy and unhealthy. Tests revealed an unhealthy level of lead in the water. Eating honey can be unhealthy for babies. He was stuck in an unhealthy relationship. She has an unhealthy interest in natural disasters.
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Recent Examples on the Web Eating for good health is a two-step process: (1) swapping unhealthy foods for healthy ones (allowing for some occasional treats along the way) and (2) downsizing portions if weight creep is occurring. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "6 eating tips for a healthier heart," 24 Feb. 2021 Another study, led by researchers at King's College London, also demonstrated how proper sleep can increase your willpower to avoid unhealthy foods. Star Tribune, "How foods may affect our sleep," 8 Jan. 2021 Britain introduced restrictions on television advertising to children of unhealthy foods in 2007 and implemented a tax on sugary soft drinks in 2018. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "England is finding new ways to crack down on unhealthy foods," 28 Dec. 2020 Other factors include access to healthy foods and time and places to engage in physical activity, along with marketing of unhealthy foods that targets Black communities, the Trust for America's Health report said. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "In era of COVID, when obesity is a risk factor, Indiana ranks as 11th fattest state," 18 Sep. 2020 Lack of exercise, boredom, anxiety and depression, and consumption of unhealthy foods were correlated with significantly higher weight gains. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Healthy snacks, setting small goals best ways to lose the ‘pandemic 15’ weight gain," 2 Aug. 2020 Price and convenience often drive bad food decisions and unhealthy habits. Los Angeles Times, "No dirt? No farm? No problem. The potential for soil-less agriculture is huge," 21 Jan. 2021 There are a few things that parents can do to prevent unhealthy video game habits from happening. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "How much gaming is too much during COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what a pediatrician says about increased screen time," 23 Dec. 2020 But the findings, published this month in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders, suggest that bisexual men are even more susceptible to some unhealthy habits. Dan Avery, NBC News, "Bisexual men more prone to eating disorders than gay or straight men, study finds," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unhealthy

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhealthy was in 1595

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3 Mar 2021

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“Unhealthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhealthy. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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unhealthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unhealthy

: not having or showing good health
: harmful to your health : likely to make you sick
: not doing well : not successful

unhealthy

adjective
un·​healthy | \ ˌən-ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Kids Definition of unhealthy

1 : not good for someone's health : promoting a state of poor health Smoking is an unhealthy habit.
2 : not in good health : sickly
3 : harmful, bad an unhealthy situation

Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb They eat unhealthily.

unhealthy

adjective
un·​healthy | \ -ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Medical Definition of unhealthy

1 : not conducive to health an unhealthy climate
2 : not in good health : sickly

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unhealthiness noun

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