wholesome

[ hohl-suhm ]
/ ˈhoʊl səm /

adjective

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.

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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 FROM wholesome

whole·some·ly, adverbwhole·some·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wholesome

wholesome
/ (ˈhəʊlsəm) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of wholesome

wholesomely, adverbwholesomeness, noun

Word Origin for wholesome

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