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 unhealthily (audio) \ adverb
unhealthiness \ ˌən-​ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce unhealthiness (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The new study, however, suggests something broader: that overactivity in general is unhealthy. Quanta Magazine, "Longevity Linked to Proteins That Calm Overexcited Neurons," 26 Nov. 2019 For unhealthy, but still fun, options, check out the bulk candy section. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "22 Christmas gifts you can buy your kids while you're running errands or attending holiday events in Milwaukee," 9 Dec. 2019 Contrary to outdated stereotypes about video gamers being unhealthy, solitary, and slovenly young people, esports has largely become about bringing a healthy, social, and structured form of team play to the video games industry. Wired, "High Schools Need to Get Over It and Embrace Esports," 10 Oct. 2019 Even that gives unhealthy, and certainly undeserved, attention. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Gilroy shooter’s photo on front page was appalling," 8 Aug. 2019 Scallops of picanha, a special Brazilian rump cut served with its cap of fat, were addictive, so unhealthy, but so decadently divine. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Cello’s Grill: Carnivorous pleasures abound at this Cleveland Brazilian-style steakhouse," 1 Aug. 2019 In one study, sleep deprivation resulted in changes in brain activity up your desire for unhealthy, high calorie food—the type of fare that cause your clothes to feel tight. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to prevent holiday weight gain, according to a nutritionist," 20 Nov. 2018 These include poisonous methane emissions from cows that accelerate climate change and higher health care costs associated with unhealthy diets, which are ultimately paid for by society. Kenny Torrella, Fortune, "Commentary: Why It’s Time for America to Tax Meat," 20 Feb. 2018 At the other: Gluten-free is unnecessary and unhealthy! Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "8 gluten-free cookie recipes so everyone can join in on the holiday cheer," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Unhealthy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhealthy. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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unhealthy

adjective
How to pronounce unhealthy (audio)

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

Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthiness noun

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