[ wel-thee ]
/ ˈwɛl θi /

adjective, wealth·i·er, wealth·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. weal,
  2. weald,
  3. weald, the,
  4. wealth,
  5. wealth tax,
  6. wean,
  7. weanedness,
  8. weaner,
  9. weanling,
  10. weapon

Origin of wealthy

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at wealth, -y1

Related forms


[ wel-thee ]
/ ˈwɛl θi /


a variety of red apple, grown in the U.S., ripening in early autumn.

Origin of Wealthy

origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for wealthy


/ (ˈwɛlθɪ) /

adjective wealthier or wealthiest

possessing wealth; affluent; rich
of, characterized by, or relating to wealth
aboundingwealthy in friends
Derived Formswealthily, adverbwealthiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for wealthy



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

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