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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Recent Examples on the Web She recently got invited to the coveted event and took her wholesome reaction to Instagram. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 13 Sep. 2021 Stepping back into character with the same wholesome wonder that defined his hosting style from 1996 to 2002, Burns pretended to be shocked and congratulated Colbert. Janine Puhak, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Thursday's announcement is an extension of the brand's mission to attract customers that are gravitating toward eating more wholesome ingredients. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 A few days later, the Sweet Home Alabama actress posted a wholesome picture that made people do a double take. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 1 Sep. 2021 Frankly, a naïve drama monster is the most wholesome type of drama monster. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 The family-friendly series will operate in the same format as the original which followed the daily misadventures of Kevin Arnold, a wholesome young boy coming of age in an average suburb. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 18 Aug. 2021 Young pop stars Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo shared a wholesome moment in celebration of Eilish's new album. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 8 Aug. 2021 Yankovic, like Trebek, is a sort of Mr. Rogers for a certain nerdy subset of pop culture, a widely beloved, good-natured figure who delivers wholesome yet clever entertainment. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 21 Aug. 2021

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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 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for wholesome

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

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wholesomeness noun

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