- conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.
- conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.
- suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.
- healthy or sound.
Origin of wholesome
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1. helpful; good. 2. nourishing, nutritious. 2, 3. See healthy.
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Examples from the Web for wholesome
But religious tolerance would be a wholesome goodie for every boy and girl.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
They did "wholesome things like hiking and hanging out at home."Boy Shaves Stash, Gets the Girl: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Forever
August 21, 2014
"Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food," he declared on July 9, 1984.An Investigation Into the Delicious Origins of Ice Cream
July 13, 2014
We struggle to think of them as unhealthy, because they seem so pure, so wholesome, so stocked with goodness.Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb
July 8, 2014
Two weeks in the world of wholesome niceness also leaves you undefended and strangely serene and a bit childlike.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
And a wholesome corrective is the Sunday service after the sights of Lourdes.In the Heart of Vosges
She with power, power to make things straight and sunny and wholesome!The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Mine were days of wholesome repression, punishment, and fear.Little Dorrit
The next moment a wholesome rage sent the blood to my brain.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
But it must not be eaten in this condition, for it would be neither palatable nor wholesome.
- conducive to health or physical wellbeing
- conducive to moral wellbeing
- characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance
C12: from whole (healthy) + -some 1; related to German heilsam healing
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Word Origin and History for wholesome
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