Definition of healthy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhelTHē/

adjective (healthier, healthiest)

1In good health: I feel fit and healthy figurative the family is the basis of any healthy society
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  • The right of children to play enhances their healthy physical and psychological development and builds stronger communities.
  • Nowadays, music is both applied for patients with mental disorders and healthy people.
  • Physical examination showed a healthy man in no apparent distress.
well, in good health, fine, fit, in good trim, in good shape, in fine fettle, in tip-top shape;
blooming, thriving, hardy, robust, strong, vigorous, fighting fit, fit as a fiddle, the picture of health
informal OK, in the pink, right as rain
1.1(Of a part of the body) not diseased: healthy cells
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  • They have the potential to revolutionise medicine by offering ways of repairing diseased and damaged body tissues with healthy new cells.
  • Sick of seeing him suffer at the hand of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues she decided to become a live donor.
  • I am sure that I am not the only cyclist who gets reports from his mid-40s physicals of having a healthy prostate.
1.2Indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health: a healthy appetite a healthy balanced diet
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  • Promoting healthy, balanced eating and a regular exercise program are still the most the sensible weight loss guidelines.
  • The guide was sent as part of the National School Fruit Scheme, which aims to promote a healthy diet among infants.
  • We promote healthy diets, and there are so many studies showing that meat is just not the healthiest thing.
health-giving, healthful, good for one;
wholesome, nutritious, nourishing;
beneficial, salubrious
1.3Normal, natural, and desirable: a healthy contempt for authority healthy competition
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  • He had everything, the mod sense of dress, an upwardly mobile lifestyle, a healthy contempt for authority and an irrepressible belief in his own creativity.
  • We advocate open, natural and healthy communication between the sexes.
  • Not all anger is misplaced, and often it's a healthy, natural response to these difficulties.
1.4Of a satisfactory size or amount: making a healthy profit
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  • Although by now all six of us were firm friends, John and Stephanie had to go home to let their baby sitter get away, and there was still a healthy amount of wine to be drunk.
  • I do however think it will pick up a healthy amount of votes.
  • He feels good about his chances and would be happy to return for another year, but has a healthy amount of perspective on it all.



Pronunciation: /ˈhelTHēnəs/
Example sentences
  • We have substituted ideas of comfort, entitlement, and productivity for healthiness and well-being.
  • ‘Several members of the public have asked us to investigate whether the claims made about the healthiness of farmed salmon can be justified,’ said a spokesman.
  • A book on eating yourself toward healthiness and away from heart disease sits brightly between two much thicker books on cocktail recipes and party snacks.

Words that rhyme with healthy

stealthy, wealthy

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Syllabification: health·y

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