un·​healthy | \ ˌən-ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Definition of unhealthy

1 : not conducive to health : not healthful an unhealthy climate unhealthy habits unhealthy foods
2 : not in good health : sickly, diseased unhealthy animals
3a : risky, unsound an unhealthy economy
b : of a harmful nature : bad, injurious unhealthy levels of lead
c : morally contaminated : corrupt, unwholesome an unhealthy imagination

Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthily \ ˌən-​ˈhel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \ adverb
unhealthiness \ ˌən-​ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of unhealthy in a Sentence

Her skin looks blotchy and unhealthy. Tests revealed an unhealthy level of lead in the water. Eating honey can be unhealthy for babies. He was stuck in an unhealthy relationship. She has an unhealthy interest in natural disasters.
Recent Examples on the Web Unethical decisions: An unhealthy obsession with outcomes can mask misconduct. Nuala Walsh, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Officials also warned of unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups in the Las Vegas, New Mexico, area as smoke drains into the valley, the report said. Hannah Sarisohn And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 1 May 2022 Amid the conflict and the many other challenges facing the globe right now, like inflation and food price hikes, the global elite has an unhealthy obsession with climate change. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Which brings me to the keyboard, and my confession of an unhealthy obsession. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 Wearing a fitness tracker can have indisputable health benefits, but sometimes the line between healthy use of a fitness tracker and an unhealthy obsession with the data and numbers can become blurred. Julie Gallagher, Wired, 17 Sep. 2021 What better way to channel an unhealthy obsession with food than to turn food into our careers? Hannah Howar, SELF, 13 Sep. 2021 His fatherly guilt is matched only by an unhealthy obsession with his Avengers counterpart. cleveland, 29 June 2021 For Jonas, this manifests in a borderline unhealthy obsession with his crush, Nicole (Starr Kirkland). Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unhealthy

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhealthy was in 1595

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“Unhealthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhealthy. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unhealthy


un·​healthy | \ ˌən-ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Kids Definition of unhealthy

1 : not good for someone's health : promoting a state of poor health Smoking is an unhealthy habit.
2 : not in good health : sickly
3 : harmful, bad an unhealthy situation

Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb They eat unhealthily.


un·​healthy | \ -ˈhel-thē How to pronounce unhealthy (audio) \
unhealthier; unhealthiest

Medical Definition of unhealthy

1 : not conducive to health an unhealthy climate
2 : not in good health : sickly

Other Words from unhealthy

unhealthiness noun

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