adjective, wealth·i·er, wealth·i·est.
  1. having great wealth; rich; affluent: a wealthy person; a wealthy nation.
  2. characterized by, pertaining to, or suggestive of wealth: a wealthy appearance.
  3. rich in character, quality, or amount; abundant or ample: a novel that is wealthy in its psychological insights.

Origin of wealthy

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at wealth, -y1
Related formswealth·i·ly, adverbwealth·i·ness, nouno·ver·wealth·y, adjectivequa·si-wealth·y, adjectivesub·wealth·y, adjectivesu·per·wealth·y, adjectiveun·wealth·y, adjective

Synonyms for wealthy

1. prosperous, well-to-do, moneyed. See rich. 3. copious.

Antonyms for wealthy

1. poor. 3. scanty.
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British Dictionary definitions for unwealthy


adjective wealthier or wealthiest
  1. possessing wealth; affluent; rich
  2. of, characterized by, or relating to wealth
  3. aboundingwealthy in friends
Derived Formswealthily, adverbwealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwealthy



late 14c., from wealth + -y (2). Meaning "wealthy persons collectively" is from late 14c.

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