wholesome

adjective
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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But, more importantly, Jessie was just a good, wholesome show. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate "Jessie" Trivia Quiz," 20 Mar. 2019 The premise of the wholesome show, which originally aired on NBC in 1974, surfaced from Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular Little House book series (inspired by her own upbringing). Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Little House on the Prairie' Is Now Streaming on Amazon So Cancel Your Weekend Plans," 6 Mar. 2019 Taylor Swift celebrated her 29th birthday on December 13, and her good friend (and former tour partner) Shawn Mendes honored the momentous occasion with a very sweet and wholesome throwback video of himself going full stan over Taylor. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Once Danced to Taylor Swift's "Love Story"," 14 Dec. 2018 With 10 lanes for tejo, the indoor coliseum is a more wholesome setting. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Getty Images There’s really nothing more wholesome in this world than when the cast of your favorite nostalgic show or movie reunite for the first time in years. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Julia Roberts Had a 'My Best Friend's Wedding' Reunion With Co-Star Dermot Mulroney," 26 Oct. 2018 Whereas the term Manifest Destiny had been coined as a justification for conquering great swaths of the continent at gunpoint, Gilpin transformed it into a more wholesome interpretation that pulled peoples across the nation. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Often used by psychologists as well as psychiatrists, C.B.T., as it is commonly called, helps patients recognize the beliefs and feelings that feed the problem and then adopt more wholesome thought patterns and behaviors. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 In the first movie, Bob rediscovered his love of crimefighting (like a Don Draper having a more wholesome mid-life crisis), while eventually realizing that home was where his heart was all along. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Incredibles 2 Is an Exhilarating Ride," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of wholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wholesome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wholesome

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

wholesome

adjective
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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