[ hohl-suhm ]
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  1. conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.

  2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.

  1. suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.

  2. healthy or sound.

Origin of wholesome

1150–1200; Middle English ho(o)lsom (see whole, -some1); cognate with Old High German heilsam, Old Norse heilsamr

synonym study For wholesome

2, 3. See healthy.

Other words for wholesome

Other words from wholesome

  • whole·some·ly, adverb
  • whole·some·ness, noun

Words Nearby wholesome

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British Dictionary definitions for wholesome


/ (ˈhəʊlsəm) /

  1. conducive to health or physical wellbeing

  2. conducive to moral wellbeing

  1. characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance

Origin of wholesome

C12: from whole (healthy) + -some 1; related to German heilsam healing

Derived forms of wholesome

  • wholesomely, adverb
  • wholesomeness, noun

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