[ hel-thee ]
/ ˈhɛl θi /
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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.



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Origin of healthy

First recorded in 1545–55; health + -y1
3. Healthy, healthful, salubrious, 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 and salubrious are applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise; a salubrious impact on mental outlook. 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.
health·i·ly, adverbhealth·i·ness, noun
healthful, healthy (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for healthy

/ (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
healthily, adverbhealthiness, noun
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Medical definitions for healthy

[ hĕlthē ]


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