unhealthy

[ uhn-hel-thee ]
/ ʌnˈhɛl θi /

adjective, un·health·i·er, un·health·i·est.

not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
symptomatic of or resulting from bad health: an unhealthy pallor.
not conducive to good health; unhealthful: Night air was formerly considered unhealthy.
morally bad, harmful, or contaminating: unhealthy examples for the young.
dangerous; risky: Asking questions in this neighborhood can be unhealthy.

Nearby words

  1. unhasp,
  2. unhatched,
  3. unhcr,
  4. unhealed,
  5. unhealthful,
  6. unheard,
  7. unheard of,
  8. unheard-of,
  9. unheated,
  10. unheeded

Origin of unhealthy

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + healthy

Related formsun·health·i·ly, adverbun·health·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unhealthy

unhealthy

/ (ʌnˈhɛlθɪ) /

adjective -healthier or -healthiest

characterized by ill-health; sick; unwell
characteristic of, conducive to, or resulting from ill-healthan unhealthy complexion; an unhealthy atmosphere
morbid or unwholesome
informal dangerous; risky
Derived Formsunhealthily, adverbunhealthiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unhealthy

unhealthy

adj.

1590s, "injurious to health," from un- (1) "not" + healthy. Earlier unhealthsome (1540s), unhealthful (1570s). Of persons, "sickly," it is attested from 1610s. Related: Unhealthily.

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