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wealthy

[wel-thee] /ˈwɛl θi/
adjective, wealthier, wealthiest.
1.
having great wealth; rich; affluent:
a wealthy person; a wealthy nation.
2.
characterized by, pertaining to, or suggestive of wealth:
a wealthy appearance.
3.
rich in character, quality, or amount; abundant or ample:
a novel that is wealthy in its psychological insights.
Origin of wealthy
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at wealth, -y1
Related forms
wealthily, adverb
wealthiness, noun
overwealthy, adjective
quasi-wealthy, adjective
subwealthy, adjective
superwealthy, adjective
unwealthy, adjective
Synonyms
1. prosperous, well-to-do, moneyed. See rich. 3. copious.
Antonyms
1. poor. 3. scanty.

Wealthy

[wel-thee] /ˈwɛl θi/
noun
1.
a variety of red apple, grown in the U.S., ripening in early autumn.
Origin
origin uncertain
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  • There is in this city a rag-picker so wealthy that he can afford to drink wine every day.

  • Her people are wealthy, but she'll have nothing but what Palmer makes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Because you have merely indicated that you are a wealthy American.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Unless you consider it your vocation to be a wealthy American.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Nor, though among the wealthy of the city, is he an aristocrat in feeling.

British Dictionary definitions for wealthy

wealthy

/ˈwɛlθɪ/
adjective wealthier, wealthiest
1.
possessing wealth; affluent; rich
2.
of, characterized by, or relating to wealth
3.
abounding: wealthy in friends
Derived Forms
wealthily, adverb
wealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wealthy
adj.

late 14c., from wealth + -y (2). Meaning "wealthy persons collectively" is from late 14c.

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