- 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.
Origin of healthy
SynonymsSee more synonyms for healthy on Thesaurus.com
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.
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Examples from the Web for healthy
The citizens of Stevens Point defeated fluoridation by a healthy margin.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
And more trivial modifications like altering bodily odors and promoting a healthy lifestyle.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
At present, not every woman is young enough, fertile enough, or healthy enough to have a baby using her own eggs or her own womb.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
But self-doubt, while a healthy quality for human beings to have, is alas not a plus for politicians.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
They just might change how they feel, how healthy they are, and how they live their lives.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
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
The silkworm-rearers are now taught to breed from healthy moths only.The Roof of France
I say, don't you know that it's not healthy to go to sleep in the middle of the day?In the Midst of Alarms
- 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
Word Origin and History for healthy
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
- Possessing good health.
- Conducive to good health; healthful.
- Indicative of sound, rational thinking or frame of mind.
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