wholesome

adjective
whole·​some | \ ˈhōl-səm \

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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And honestly, nothing has ever been more wholesome. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brianna Finally Reunites with Claire (and Meets Jamie!) on Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 But the best part of Bongo Cat is how wholesome the meme is. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 The fun is more wholesome upstairs, where an open-plan kitchen, composed of water-resistant MDF panels, opens up to a combined living and dining room where new structural steel is a vibrant, fire engine red. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 Riverdale's most wholesome family, the Lodges, decided to send seasons greetings to you and yours with this adorable IG pic. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "This "Riverdale" Cast Holiday Card Puts the Yearly Kardashian Christmas Card To Shame," 12 Dec. 2018 Gabriel Gundacker is here to save us with some wholesome content. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The Super Mario fandom continues to be relentlessly horny," 28 Sep. 2018 Even when time is of the essence, culinary innovators in cities like Paris offer modern twists on international street food and sandwiches with wholesome ingredients that make a quick bite still feel nourishing and laid-back. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 Double check that your tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and dips have sugar listed lower on the ingredients list as the hearty, wholesome stuff. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, ""No Added Sugar" Is B.S. — Here's Why," 3 Apr. 2017 Over the weekend, Camila shared a wholesome image of Shawn braiding her hair. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Braided Camila Cabello’s Hair While Backstage," 10 Dec. 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 \

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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