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wholesome Syllabification: whole·some
Pronunciation: /ˈhōlsəm/

Definition of wholesome in English:


1Conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being: the food is plentiful and very wholesome
More example sentences
  • It's also very easy to buy healthy, wholesome, non-processed foods and go back to eating the way our parents did.
  • Buying wholesome, healthy ingredients and cooking them at home is so simple.
  • At first glance, the poster girl for Cachez cosmetics looks as healthy and wholesome as any other.
1.1Conducive to or promoting moral well-being: good wholesome fun
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  • The emphasis is on good, wholesome fun, and relaxation for the family with an enviable spread of good food and activities.
  • It's an absolute staple of sanity and good wholesome cultural fun, and by Jove there are some fine tunes to be had into the bargain.
  • If this makes it all sound a bit Famous Five, all wholesome fun with lashings of ginger beer, then I apologise.
good, ethical, moral, clean, virtuous, pure, innocent, chaste;
uplifting, edifying, proper, correct, decent, harmless
informal squeaky clean


Pronunciation: /ˈhōlsəmlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘These children were sensibly and wholesomely occupied in cultural pursuits that should be encouraged,’ the TTMA said in a statement.
  • Just a few decades ago, pubescent kids were wearing knee socks, playing lacrosse and picnicking wholesomely in the outside air - now they eat burgers and openly practice the arts of seduction.
  • His paintings for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post were the images of America most of his countrymen wanted to believe in, renderings of wholesomely cohesive family life in the land of plenty.
Pronunciation: /ˈhōlsəmnəs/
Example sentences
  • Harold promotes the value and wholesomeness of teen chastity under the title ‘Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself.’
  • It introduced a GM product into a food viewed by most consumers to be - and marketed for - its purity and wholesomeness.
  • For those whose childhood memories stretch back a few decades, the name Walt Disney is likely to bring associations of wholesomeness, innocence and American virtue.


Middle English: probably already in Old English (see whole, -some1).

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