- possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.
- pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind: a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
- conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.
- prosperous or sound: a healthy business.
- Informal. fairly large: I bought a healthy number of books.
Origin of healthy
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1. hale, hearty, robust. 3. nutritious, nourishing. Healthy, healthful, salutary, wholesome refer to the promotion of health. Healthy, while applied especially to what possesses health, is also applicable to what is conducive to health: a healthy climate; not a healthy place to be. Healthful is applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise. Salutary suggests something that is conducive to well-being generally, as well as beneficial in preserving or in restoring health: salutary effects; to take salutary measures. It is used also to indicate moral benefit: to have a salutary fear of devious behavior. Wholesome has connotations of attractive freshness and purity; it applies to what is good for one, physically, morally, or both: wholesome food; wholesome influences or advice.
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Examples from the Web for healthier
We have richer, healthier lives and more meaningful relationships of all kinds.How Good Dads Can Change the World
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Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
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This health tracker for dogs fits snugly around collars and monitors activity with the goal of making dogs happier and healthier.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
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December 8, 2014
It was reaffirmed in 2012, and popular support has been steadily building an ever—healthier majority for marriage equality.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
October 24, 2014
I am glad to see you again, and in a healthier place than the Circumlocution Office.'Little Dorrit
Seems to me it grows chill, and I think it is healthier in-doors.Poems
William D. Howells
Our five hundred had helped pay his way to a healthier climate, that's all.'
It came in puffs at fust, and every puff was healthier than the one previous.
I'm better built, healthier and stronger in every way than he ever was.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
- enjoying good health
- functioning well or being soundthe company's finances are not very healthy
- conducive to health; salutary
- indicating soundness of body or minda healthy appetite
- informal considerable in size or amounta healthy sum
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Word Origin and History for healthier
It is wrong to say that certain articles of food are healthy or unhealthy. Wholesome and unwholesome are the right words. A pig may be healthy or unhealthy while alive; but after he is killed and becomes pork, he can enjoy no health, and suffer no sickness. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Possessing good health.
- Conducive to good health; healthful.
- Indicative of sound, rational thinking or frame of mind.
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