[ 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

synonym study for healthy

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

Derived forms of healthy

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.

Other words from healthy

healthi•ly adv.healthi•ness n.
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