[ hel-thee ]
/ ˈhɛl θi /

adjective, health·i·er, health·i·est.

possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.
pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind: a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.
prosperous or sound: a healthy business.
Informal. fairly large: I bought a healthy number of books.

Nearby words

  1. healthful,
  2. healthfully,
  3. healthily,
  4. healthism,
  5. healthonism,
  6. healthyish,
  7. healy,
  8. healy, timothy michael,
  9. heaney,
  10. heaney, seamus

Origin of healthy

First recorded in 1545–55; health + -y1

1. hale, hearty, robust. 3. nutritious, nourishing. Healthy, healthful, salutary, wholesome refer to the promotion of health. Healthy, while applied especially to what possesses health, is also applicable to what is conducive to health: a healthy climate; not a healthy place to be. Healthful is applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise. Salutary suggests something that is conducive to well-being generally, as well as beneficial in preserving or in restoring health: salutary effects; to take salutary measures. It is used also to indicate moral benefit: to have a salutary fear of devious behavior. Wholesome has connotations of attractive freshness and purity; it applies to what is good for one, physically, morally, or both: wholesome food; wholesome influences or advice.

Related formshealth·i·ly, adverbhealth·i·ness, noun

Can be confusedhealthful healthy (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for healthier


/ (ˈhɛlθɪ) /

adjective healthier or healthiest

enjoying good health
functioning well or being soundthe company's finances are not very healthy
conducive to health; salutary
indicating soundness of body or minda healthy appetite
informal considerable in size or amounta healthy sum
Derived Formshealthily, adverbhealthiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for healthier



1550s, from health + -y (2). Slightly earlier in the same sense was healthsome (1530s). Related: Healthiness.

It is wrong to say that certain articles of food are healthy or unhealthy. Wholesome and unwholesome are the right words. A pig may be healthy or unhealthy while alive; but after he is killed and becomes pork, he can enjoy no health, and suffer no sickness. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for healthier


[ hĕlthē ]


Possessing good health.
Conducive to good health; healthful.
Indicative of sound, rational thinking or frame of mind.
Related formshealthi•ly adv.healthi•ness n.

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