whole·​some | \ ˈhōl-səm How to pronounce wholesome (audio) \

Definition of wholesome

1 : promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit
2 : promoting health of body
3a : sound in body, mind, or morals
b : having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity
4a : based on well-grounded fear : prudent a wholesome respect for the law
b : safe it wouldn't be wholesome for you to go down there— Mark Twain

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Other Words from wholesome

wholesomely adverb
wholesomeness noun

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healthful, wholesome, salubrious, salutary mean favorable to the health of mind or body. healthful implies a positive contribution to a healthy condition. a healthful diet wholesome applies to what benefits, builds up, or sustains physically, mentally, or spiritually. wholesome foods the movie is wholesome family entertainment salubrious applies chiefly to the helpful effects of climate or air. cool and salubrious weather salutary describes something corrective or beneficially effective, even though it may in itself be unpleasant. a salutary warning that resulted in increased production

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 wholesome in a Sentence

a wholesome dish made with vegetables less-than-wholesome entertainment that wasn't appropriate for children a young actor known for his wholesome good looks
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Recent Examples on the Web Noom also focuses on eating wholesome foods as opposed to processed. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Noom review: Can this program help you achieve sustainable weight loss?," 19 Dec. 2020 But Mary Ann was wholesome, approachable and attainable. Steve Dorfman, USA TODAY, "Dawn Wells, just months before COVID-19 death, planned to keep acting: ‘One play a year’," 1 Jan. 2021 All activities are planned, color-coordinated in a strategic manner to encourage full engagement in a fun, wholesome and safe manner. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Coconut Creek offers ‘Wreck-Reational’ PE program," 9 Oct. 2020 The presence of Ginger and Mary Ann — the first a sexpot, the second a wholesome beauty — gave rise to an ongoing debate over who on the show best represented the male fantasy of womanhood. Washington Post, "Dawn Wells, wholesome castaway on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ dies at 82 of coronavirus," 30 Dec. 2020 The layers bake up sturdy: easy to work with, easy to cut, good-looking in a plain, wholesome way, very much like gingerbread, which might be its first cousin. New York Times, "A New Year’s Treat to Close Out a Difficult Year," 29 Dec. 2020 For the past six years, Griz's holiday initiative, 12 Days of Grizmas, has used caroling, bowling yoga, video games, music and other wholesome activities as a means to raise money for charity. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Griz's 12 Days of Grizmas Charity Event Returns: See the Lineup," 7 Dec. 2020 Other issues with the series include clunky dialogue, corny jokes and family scenes that feel overly engineered to promote a wholesome household and business picture. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Selena isn’t here to tell her story. And Netflix’s new series fails to give her a voice," 2 Dec. 2020 And in the end … the moves deployed by President Gersson Rosas and his staff seemed more like a nice, wholesome game of checkers. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves trade for Ricky Rubio is all about family," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of wholesome

: helping to keep your body healthy : good for your health
: morally good
: suggesting good health or behavior


whole·​some | \ ˈhōl-səm How to pronounce wholesome (audio) \

Kids Definition of wholesome

1 : helping to improve or keep the body in good condition wholesome food
2 : healthy for the mind or morals wholesome entertainment

Other Words from wholesome

wholesomeness noun

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