[helth-fuh l]


conducive to health; wholesome or salutary: a healthful diet.

Origin of healthful

First recorded in 1350–1400, healthful is from the Middle English word helthful. See health, -ful
Related formshealth·ful·ly, adverbhealth·ful·ness, nounqua·si-health·ful, adjectivequa·si-health·ful·ly, adverb
Can be confusedhealthful healthy (see synonym study at healthy)

Synonyms for healthful

See healthy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for healthful

healthy, wholesome, holistic, salubrious

Examples from the Web for healthful

Contemporary Examples of healthful

  • “There are very few snack bars on the market that are truly a healthful option,” Begun says.

  • With Venus and Mercury square Mars, you easily channel emotional ache into physical action that has healthful benefit.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 29, 2011

  • Over a healthful meal of chicken and vegetables, the pair sat and gossiped about the latest goings-on.

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    Death of a Hollywood Superagent

    Lorenza Muñoz

    October 18, 2011

  • Plus, with many of us aiming for a more organic, healthful lifestyle, it only makes sense to source a humane, eco-friendly turkey.

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    The Best Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    November 15, 2010

Historical Examples of healthful

  • But it was all healthful, heartening work, and we enjoyed it to the full.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Such unusual exercise was severe for them, but it seemed to be healthful.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • His work had not been to him as complete and healthful occupation as Hetty's had been to her.

  • They had risen before him fast, in the healthful exercise and the pleasant road.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The cold was steady and could be depended upon; moreover, it was healthful and invigorating.

British Dictionary definitions for healthful



Derived Formshealthfully, adverbhealthfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for healthful

late 14c., "wholesome, curative, saving," from health + -ful. Related: Healthfully; healthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

healthful in Medicine




Conducive to good health; salutary.
Related formshealthful•ness n.
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