unhealthy

adjective
un·healthy | \ ˌən-ˈhel-thē \
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 \ adverb
unhealthiness \ˌən-ˈhel-thē-nəs \ noun

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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The Trump administration sure seems to have an unhealthy obsession with the City of Lawrence. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The truth about Lawrence," 14 July 2018 More: The animals were unhealthy, many of them matted and underweight. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "'Hobby breeder' made 108 animals live in feces in Washtenaw Co. home," 22 June 2018 With this new update, gaming disorder—which includes unhealthy behaviors involving both Internet and traditional video games—has been added to the ICD’s section on addictive disorders. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Gaming Disorder Is Now Considered a Real Mental Health Condition. Here's How to Know If You Have a Problem," 19 June 2018 European football has an unhealthy obsession with finding the next wonderkid. SI.com, "The Time Is Right for Christian Pulisic to Finally Leave Dortmund & Reach His Lofty Potential," 28 May 2018 The outcome of the legal fight could have implications for other cities that have adopted or may consider similar measures, which like cigarette taxes, seek to curb unhealthy behavior through taxation. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Goes to Court: What You Need to Know," 15 May 2018 Many of those unhealthy behaviors continue to manifest themselves in Nelson’s life today. Lauren Chval, chicagotribune.com, "Children with addicted parents face difficulties in adulthood, including a higher risk of addiction," 30 Apr. 2018 There are a whole variety of unhealthy behaviors related to being up late in the dark by yourself. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Are you a night owl? The answer determines your risk of an early death, study finds | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 At other points, the CEA makes unobjectionable observations about the virtues of discouraging unhealthy behaviors, controlling health-care costs, and reducing the price of specialty drugs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The White House Just Accidentally Made the Case for Single-Payer Health Care," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Medical Definition of unhealthy 

1 : not conducive to health an unhealthy climate

2 : not in good health : sickly

Other words from unhealthy

unhealthiness noun

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