Definition of health in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /helTH/


1The state of being free from illness or injury: he was restored to health [as modifier]: a health risk
More example sentences
  • Take one step at a time and walk your way to health with a free, short walk led by a trained volunteer.
  • I hear that they pose health risks to the local population at this time of year.
  • Her concerns include possible health risks to children and the blight on her property.
well-being, healthiness, fitness, good condition, good shape, fine fettle;
strength, vigor, wellness
1.1A person’s mental or physical condition: bad health forced him to retire figurative a standard for measuring the financial health of a company
More example sentences
  • One of the functions of day services is to maintain people in good mental health and to prevent relapse.
  • My mental health began to deteriorate and by January I was in hospital after an overdose.
  • No set qualifications are needed but applicants must be in good physical health.
physical state, physical shape, condition, constitution
1.2Used to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking.
Example sentences
  • Here's your good health, and your families' good health, and may you all live long and prosper.
  • After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.
  • Here's to your good health and prosperity in the New Year!


Old English hǣlth, of Germanic origin; related to whole.

  • well from Old English:

    The well meaning ‘in a good way’ and well ‘shaft giving access to water’ are different Old English words. The first provides the first half of welfare (Middle English). The start of welcome (Old English), on the other hand, is from another Old English element, wil- meaning ‘pleasure’—welcome originally meant ‘a person whose arrival is pleasing’. Wealth (Middle English) has a basic sense of ‘well-being’, being formed from well in the same way that health (Old English) is formed from hale ( see wassail). The title of Shakespeare's comedy All's Well that Ends Well was already an old saying when he wrote the play at the beginning of the 17th century. The first record of the proverb is as early as 1250. People have been well endowed only since the 1950s, but men could be well-hung in the early 17th century. At this time it meant ‘having large ears’ as well as ‘having a large penis’. The well you get water from is Old English wella ‘spring of water’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘boil, bubble up’,

Words that rhyme with health

stealth, wealth

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: health

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.