- the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
- soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one's health; to lose one's health.
- a polite or complimentary wish for a person's health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
- vigor; vitality: economic health.
Origin of health
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Examples from the Web for healths
This island's a death-trap, and the sooner we're off it the better for our healths.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
But I do that, my lad, because I hope naught may come of it, but just a drinking of healths and the like.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
This Yakub dedicated to all our healths, and tossed off to his own comfort.The Promised Land
Such a festivity should not pass without the drinking of healths.Peter the Priest
Being consulted about their healths, both of them deceived me.
- the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
- the general condition of body and mindin poor health
- the condition of any unit, society, etcthe economic health of a nation
- a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
- (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the healthhealth food; a health store
- (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of healtha health committee; health resort; health service
- an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)
Word Origin and History for healths
Old English hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from Proto-Germanic *hailitho, from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (cf. Old English hal "hale, whole;" Old Norse heill "healthy;" Old English halig, Old Norse helge "holy, sacred;" Old English hælan "to heal"). With Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Of physical health in Middle English, but also "prosperity, happiness, welfare; preservation, safety."
- The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
- Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
Idioms and Phrases with healths
see clean bill of health.