[helth-fuh l]

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for healthfully


  1. a less common word for healthy (def. 1), healthy (def. 2), healthy (def. 3)
Derived Formshealthfully, adverbhealthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

healthfully in Medicine


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