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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Officials also have issued a code orange air-quality alert for the region, which means pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for sensitive groups that include children, the elderly and people suffering from asthma or heart and lung diseases. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Philadelphia heat alert: It's going to feel hotter than 100 today," 18 June 2018 More than four in 10 Americans—some 134 million of us—live in regions with unhealthy particulate pollution and ozone in the air. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "Relaxing Vehicle-Efficiency Standards Is a Truly Dangerous Idea," 12 July 2018 Acting already is sort of a weird, unhealthy thing to do to your body. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow's Betty Gilpin: "Even Women with $200 Lotion and Perfect Eyebrows Are Crying in Their Bathrooms"," 9 July 2018 But vigilance is key in ensuring that its use doesn’t tip over into an unhealthy realm. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 That vote did away with a mandate that was unpopular, but that meant insurers could make enough money on healthy people to afford covering the unhealthy ones. Sarah Gantz, chicagotribune.com, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 3 July 2018 An orange Ozone Alert has been issue for the Kansas City area on Wednesday, which means that an unhealthy amount of ground-level ozone is expected. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Dangerous heat settles upon Kansas City metro. Just how hot will it get?," 27 June 2018 That’s because the signs of an unhealthy scalp aren’t so evident on first glance. Adam Hurly, GQ, "Here's How to Fix Your Dry, Itchy Scalp," 15 June 2018 Such short-termism is unhealthy for America’s public companies and financial markets – which are critical to economic growth and financial prosperity. The Christian Science Monitor, "Advice from the ants about grasshopper companies," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of unhealthy

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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