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[hel-thee] /ˈhɛl θi/
adjective, healthier, healthiest.
possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality:
a healthy body; a healthy mind.
pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind:
a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
conducive to good health; healthful:
healthy recreations.
prosperous or sound:
a healthy business.
Informal. fairly large:
I bought a healthy number of books.
Origin of healthy
1545-55; health + -y1
Related forms
healthily, adverb
healthiness, noun
Can be confused
healthful, healthy (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. hale, hearty, robust. 3. nutritious, nourishing. Healthy, healthful, salutary, wholesome refer to the promotion of health. Healthy, while applied especially to what possesses health, is also applicable to what is conducive to health: a healthy climate; not a healthy place to be. Healthful is applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise. Salutary suggests something that is conducive to well-being generally, as well as beneficial in preserving or in restoring health: salutary effects; to take salutary measures. It is used also to indicate moral benefit: to have a salutary fear of devious behavior. Wholesome has connotations of attractive freshness and purity; it applies to what is good for one, physically, morally, or both: wholesome food; wholesome influences or advice.
1. sick. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for healthiness
Historical Examples
  • The healthiness of the climate of Cape Town contrasted favourably with that of Batavia, and most of the sick rapidly recovered.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have enough to do to maintain them in any healthiness when alone.

  • Their cheeks glowed with healthiness in the summer air, and their gestures, their laughter, were charmingly animated.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • A doubt he expressed as to the healthiness of a consumptive-looking child brought him at her death the honors of a prophet.

  • The city is finely situated on high bluffs above the lake, and is widely known for its healthiness.

  • Nor is Aristophanes without another solid ground of defence on the score of sincerity and healthiness.

  • There is a healthiness about German realism that one is not afraid nor ashamed to admire.

  • While it rains and through the Rains, the air is remarkably fine, not to be surpassed for healthiness and charm.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The horror exists, and the light-heartedness exists; the unhealthiness and the healthiness.

    Euphorion Vernon Lee
  • Consider the height and unlimited growth of the trees which they nourish, and you may judge of their healthiness.

British Dictionary definitions for healthiness


adjective healthier, healthiest
enjoying good health
functioning well or being sound: the company's finances are not very healthy
conducive to health; salutary
indicating soundness of body or mind: a healthy appetite
(informal) considerable in size or amount: a healthy sum
Derived Forms
healthily, adverb
healthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthiness



1550s, from health + -y (2). Slightly earlier in the same sense was healthsome (1530s). Related: Healthiness.

It is wrong to say that certain articles of food are healthy or unhealthy. Wholesome and unwholesome are the right words. A pig may be healthy or unhealthy while alive; but after he is killed and becomes pork, he can enjoy no health, and suffer no sickness. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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healthiness in Medicine

healthy health·y (hěl'thē)
adj. health·i·er, health·i·est

  1. Possessing good health.

  2. Conducive to good health; healthful.

  3. Indicative of sound, rational thinking or frame of mind.

health'i·ly adv.
health'i·ness n.
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