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[ wel-thee ]


, wealth·i·er, wealth·i·est.
  1. having great wealth; rich; affluent:

    a wealthy person; a wealthy nation.

    Synonyms: moneyed, well-to-do, prosperous

    Antonyms: poor

  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.

    Synonyms: copious

    Antonyms: scanty



[ wel-thee ]


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


/ ˈwɛlθɪ /


  1. possessing wealth; affluent; rich
  2. of, characterized by, or relating to wealth
  3. abounding

    wealthy in friends

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwealthiness, noun
  • ˈwealthily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • wealthi·ly adverb
  • wealthi·ness noun
  • over·wealthy adjective
  • quasi-wealthy adjective
  • sub·wealthy adjective
  • super·wealthy adjective
  • un·wealthy adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wealthy1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English; wealth + -y 1

Origin of wealthy2

Origin uncertain

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Synonym Study

See rich.

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Example Sentences

It’s still really, really, really expensive to send people into space, and those who are not bankrolled by a government or a wealthy company have to pay their own way.

The more cowries were worn, the wealthier the wearer was believed to be.

Riding on the company’s soaring stock price, Musk is now wealthier than Mark Zuckerberg.

From Fortune

Another wide-open race can be found in Kennedy’s old 4th Congressional District, which stretches from wealthy Boston suburbs to working-class cities along the Rhode Island border.

India’s retail industry has become a racetrack for two of the world’s wealthiest men—and one might well be close to the finish line.

From Quartz

A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.

Little did I know that Lee had actually been born into a wealthy family.

In March, police arrested a group of wealthy businessmen and government officials who were about to dine on illegal tiger meat.

Not to those in power, not to the cruel and inhumane, not to the wealthy.

No surprise then that aside from wealthy coastal suburbs, the Democratic base has shrunk to the urban cores and college towns.

The tattered outcast dozes on his bench while the chariot of the wealthy is drawn by.

In the courts of princes and wealthy natives the vessels and tubes are lavishly adorned with precious metals.

And my people shall sit in the beauty of peace, and in the tabernacles of confidence, and in wealthy rest.

And the wealthy class by no means monopolized the bay with their yachts and luxurious launches.

James Pulteney, a wealthy English baron, died; whose income was $250,000 per annum.





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