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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Charlotte looked nothing like her mother, but wasn’t wholesome and substantial like Philip, either. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 And her relationship with them—more like friends than kin—is wholesome and warm. Stephanie H. Murray, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 Now police are alleging that behind that wholesome image was a house of horrors. Johnny Edwards, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 Now more than ever, there are plenty of legit tasty options made from wholesome ingredients that will actually leave you satisfied. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 10 June 2021 Some posts are wholesome — such as Hatsuyume, the Japanese word for one’s first dream of the year — while others are not safe for work (say, panda pornography). New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 The finished episodes, with their blurred genitals and Edenic concept, are strangely wholesome, family-friendly. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 17 Mar. 2020 There’s even a detour into the conspiracy culture that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, dark material for a comedian who has a reputation for being, if not exactly wholesome, then family-friendly adjacent. Brent Lang, Variety, 11 Mar. 2022 In more wholesome news, Cynthia and Teresa go on a walk and chat about how this trip is like going away to college. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Wholesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholesome. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wholesome

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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