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[wel-thee] /ˈwɛl θi/
adjective, wealthier, wealthiest.
having great wealth; rich; affluent:
a wealthy person; a wealthy nation.
characterized by, pertaining to, or suggestive of wealth:
a wealthy appearance.
rich in character, quality, or amount; abundant or ample:
a novel that is wealthy in its psychological insights.
Origin of wealthy
1325-75; Middle English; see wealth, -y1
Related forms
wealthily, adverb
wealthiness, noun
overwealthy, adjective
quasi-wealthy, adjective
subwealthy, adjective
superwealthy, adjective
unwealthy, adjective
1. prosperous, well-to-do, moneyed. See rich. 3. copious.
1. poor. 3. scanty.


[wel-thee] /ˈwɛl θi/
a variety of red apple, grown in the U.S., ripening in early autumn.
origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Up near the door are the rich families, wealthy enough to afford state-of-the-art padded armor and expandable batons.
  • Wait until people figure out how the ultra wealthy have been using the low stock prices to pump money out of the economy.
  • One is that rich economies seem to provide disproportionate and growing returns to the already wealthy.
  • He found that when you compare rich countries to poor countries, the people in the wealthy nations were more satisfied.
  • He was fabulously wealthy, but he would pretend to be broke, and often tried to borrow cigarettes and money from people.
  • Most priests were employees of wealthy farmers, who were interested in writing both for practical purposes and for entertainment.
  • Its builders were wealthy colonists who wanted the house to reflect their status.
  • wealthy factory owners and merchants built grand mansions and helped fund even grander churches.
  • After all, it would be unfair to permit wealthy students to use them if less privileged students can't afford them.
  • In societies that practiced ceremonial mummification, typically only the powerful and wealthy citizens were mummified.
British Dictionary definitions for wealthy


adjective wealthier, wealthiest
possessing wealth; affluent; rich
of, characterized by, or relating to wealth
abounding: wealthy in friends
Derived Forms
wealthily, adverb
wealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wealthy

late 14c., from wealth + -y (2). Meaning "wealthy persons collectively" is from late 14c.

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