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adjective, health·i·er, health·i·est.
  1. possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind: a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
  3. conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.
  4. prosperous or sound: a healthy business.
  5. Informal. fairly large: I bought a healthy number of books.

Origin of healthy

First recorded in 1545–55; health + -y1
Related formshealth·i·ly, adverbhealth·i·ness, noun
Can be confusedhealthful healthy (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for healthy

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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.

Antonyms for healthy

1. sick. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for healthy

Contemporary Examples of healthy

Historical Examples of healthy

  • Now, that's healthy doin's fur a two-fisted Christian, ain't it?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The healthy and the young might read a lesson on her blanched and wrinkled cheek.

  • He was well groomed, of course; healthy, all a-tingle with vitality.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The silkworm-rearers are now taught to breed from healthy moths only.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • I say, don't you know that it's not healthy to go to sleep in the middle of the day?

British Dictionary definitions for healthy


adjective healthier or healthiest
  1. enjoying good health
  2. functioning well or being soundthe company's finances are not very healthy
  3. conducive to health; salutary
  4. indicating soundness of body or minda healthy appetite
  5. informal considerable in size or amounta healthy sum
Derived Formshealthily, adverbhealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthy

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

healthy in Medicine


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