healthy

[ 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.

Origin of healthy

First recorded in 1545–55; health + -y1
SYNONYMS FOR healthy
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for healthy

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 Formshealthily, adverbhealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthy

healthy


adj.

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 healthy

healthy

[ hĕlthē ]

adj.

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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