Definition of unhealthy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈhelTHē/

adjective (unhealthier, unhealthiest)

1Harmful to health: an unhealthy diet
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  • Men don't usually worry about diets or unhealthy lifestyles until they find themselves facing a health problem.
  • The average UK diet contains unhealthy levels of saturated fats, with dairy products being the main source of the problem.
  • And it could become more of a problem in Asia as unhealthy elements in Western diets are adopted.
1.1Not having or showing good health: his face looked pale and unhealthy
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  • How can we be healthy in a holistic way, if we are deprived this view of ourselves or if we only see ourselves portrayed as damaged and unhealthy?
  • Towns were becoming more unhealthy, poisoning themselves with their own human, animal, and industrial wastes.
sickly, ill, unwell, in poor health, ailing, sick, indisposed, weak, wan, sallow, frail, delicate, infirm, washed out, run-down
1.2(Of a person’s attitude or behavior) not sensible or well balanced; abnormal and harmful: an unhealthy obsession with fast cars
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  • We know that, where people feel good about themselves and about their environment, they are less likely to indulge in unhealthy behaviour.
  • Others would argue, of course, that Dawn and her husband are contributing to our society's already unhealthy attitude toward women.
  • The law alone cannot change this unhealthy attitude.
unwholesome, morbid, macabre, twisted, abnormal, warped, depraved, unnatural
informal sick, wrong



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈhelTHəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘There's no doubt that the trend to use spaced out and unhealthily thin models has not died down,’ says the well-known South Beach fashion photographer.
  • In most instances, that moment is the first sexual encounter - a moment that is hopefully full of beauty, but oftentimes happens in an offhand manner or, worst of all, hurtfully and unhealthily.
  • I'm not entirely convinced that I am lonely… but given how unhealthily grateful I am for any human kindness… well… I have to at least entertain the idea.


Pronunciation: /ˌənˈhelTHēnəs/
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  • As well, there is the sentimental subplot thrown in, in which Murray has a daughter who's upset by her father's potentially lethal unhealthiness.
  • I tried to write a bit of a story around this record - it's a story about a girl's loneliness, unhealthiness and [her] struggle with beauty.
  • But when they talk about the victim culture, I grudgingly shut my mouth in acknowledgement of the unhealthiness of it.

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Syllabification: un·health·y

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