healthy

Healthy means having good health. It's the opposite of sick, but also can mean "doing well" in a general sense. You can have a healthy attitude, or be served a healthy portion of food.

Health is one of the most fundamental human concerns. The ubiquitous "How are you?" is often asking after a person's health. To remember healthy think of the proverb: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy and wealthy and wise."

Definitions of healthy
  1. adjective
    having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
    “a rosy healthy baby”
    “staying fit and healthy
    Synonyms:
    fit
    physically and mentally sound or healthy
    flushed, rose-cheeked, rosy, rosy-cheeked
    having the pinkish flush of health
    bouncing
    vigorously healthy
    firm
    possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
    good, sound
    in excellent physical condition
    hale, whole
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    hearty
    consuming abundantly and with gusto
    full-blooded, hearty, lusty, red-blooded
    endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health
    anicteric
    not affected by jaundice
    rock-loving
    of plants that flourish in a rocky environment
    florid, rubicund, ruddy, sanguine
    inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
    sun-loving
    (of plants) flourishing in strong sunlight
    water-loving
    (of plants) flourishing with lots of water
    well-preserved
    used of older persons who are healthy
    wholesome
    sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind
    robust
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
    well
    in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
    wholesome
    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
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    Antonyms:
    unhealthy
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
    unfit
    not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
    angry
    severely inflamed and painful
    arthritic, creaky, rheumatic, rheumatoid, rheumy
    of or pertaining to arthritis
    asthmatic, wheezing, wheezy
    relating to breathing with a whistling sound
    bad, unfit, unsound
    physically unsound or diseased
    blebby, blistery
    covered with small blisters
    intumescent, puffy, tumescent, tumid, turgid
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
    bloodshot
    (of an eye) reddened as a result of locally congested blood vessels; inflamed
    cankerous, ulcerated, ulcerous
    having an ulcer or canker
    carbuncled, carbuncular
    afflicted with or resembling a carbuncle
    carious
    (of teeth) affected with cavities or decay
    caseous
    of damaged or necrotic tissue; cheeselike
    chilblained
    having chilblains
    colicky, flatulent, gassy
    suffering from excessive gas in the alimentary canal
    cytomegalic
    of or relating to or characterized by greatly enlarged cells
    dehydrated
    suffering from excessive loss of water from the body
    diseased, morbid, pathologic, pathological
    caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology
    dropsical, edematous
    swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid
    enlarged
    larger than normal
    foaming, foamy, frothing
    producing or covered with lathery sweat or saliva from exhaustion or disease
    gangrenous, mortified
    suffering from tissue death
    inflamed
    resulting from inflammation; hot and swollen and reddened
    inflammatory
    characterized or caused by inflammation
    ingrowing, ingrown
    growing abnormally into the flesh
    icteric, jaundiced, yellow
    affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
    membrane-forming, membranous
    characterized by formation of a membrane (or something resembling a membrane)
    mental
    affected by a disorder of the mind
    pro-inflammatory, proinflammatory
    tending to cause inflammation
    sallow, sickly
    unhealthy looking
    sore-eyed
    having sore eyes; suffering from pinkeye or conjunctivitis
    sunburned, sunburnt
    suffering from overexposure to direct sunlight
    varicose
    abnormally swollen or knotty
    windburned, windburnt
    suffering from windburn
    frail
    physically weak
    ill, sick
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
    unwholesome
    detrimental to physical or moral well-being
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  2. adjective
    promoting health; healthful
    “a healthy diet”
    “clean healthy air”
    “plenty of healthy sleep”
    healthy and normal outlets for youthful energy”
    synonyms: good for you, salubrious
    wholesome
    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  3. adjective
    exercising or showing good judgment
    healthy scepticism”
    “a healthy fear of rattlesnakes”
    “the healthy attitude of French laws”
    healthy relations between labor and management”
    synonyms: intelligent, level-headed, levelheaded, sound
    reasonable, sensible
    showing reason or sound judgment
  4. adjective
    large in amount or extent or degree
    synonyms: goodish, goodly, hefty, respectable, sizable, sizeable, tidy
    considerable
    large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree
  5. adjective
    financially secure and functioning well
    “a healthy economy”
    Synonyms:
    sound
    financially secure and safe
Commonly confused words

healthful / healthy

Healthful describes something that will create good health, like apples, yoga, and fresh air. Healthy describes someone fit, trim, and utterly not sick.

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