adjective (healthier; -est) Date: 1552 1. enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit ; well 2. evincing health <
a healthy complexion
3. conducive to health <
walk three miles every day…a beastly bore, but healthy — G. S. Patton
4. a. prosperous, flourishing b. not small or feeble ; considerablehealthily adverbhealthiness noun Synonyms: healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease <
a healthy family
. sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction <
a sound heart
. wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance <
a face with a wholesome glow
. robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly <
a lively, robust little boy
. hale applies particularly to robustness in old age <
still hale at the age of eighty
. well implies merely freedom from disease or illness <
she has never been a well person

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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