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.

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.




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

Origin of Wealthy

origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for wealthy

Contemporary Examples of wealthy

Historical Examples of wealthy

  • There is in this city a rag-picker so wealthy that he can afford to drink wine every day.

  • Her people are wealthy, but she'll have nothing but what Palmer makes.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Because you have merely indicated that you are a wealthy American.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Unless you consider it your vocation to be a wealthy American.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Nor, though among the wealthy of the city, is he an aristocrat in feeling.

British Dictionary definitions for wealthy


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper