[ hohl-suhm ]
/ ˈhoʊl səm /


conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.
conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.
suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.
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
Related formswhole·some·ly, adverbwhole·some·ness, noun
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/ (ˈhəʊlsəm) /


conducive to health or physical wellbeing
conducive to moral wellbeing
characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance

Derived Formswholesomely, adverbwholesomeness, noun

Word Origin for wholesome

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