healthsome

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

health +‎ -some

Adjective[edit]

healthsome (comparative more healthsome, superlative most healthsome)

  1. (archaic) Conducive to good health.
    • 1544, Peter Betham (translator), The Preceptes of Warre by Jacopo di Porcia, London, Book 1, Section 192 “To kepe thyne armye healthfull,”[1]
      The health of thyne Armye is mayntayned by exercyse, by healthsome countrie and swete ayers: but chefelye where is plentye and abundaunce of vytayles.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene 3,[2]
      Shall I not, then, be stifled in the vault,
      To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
    • 1886, George Gissing, Demos, London: Smith, Elder & Co., Volume 2, Chapter 2, p. 54,[3]
      A breeze from the north-west chased the blood to healthsome leaping, and caught the breath like an unexpected kiss.
    • 1894, Revised Version of the Bible, The Wisdom of Solomon 1:14,[4]
      For he created all things that they might have being:
      And the generative powers of the world are healthsome,
      And there is no poison of destruction in them:
      Nor hath Hades royal dominion upon earth,
    • 1982, Roald Dahl, The BFG, Puffin, 2013, “The Bloodbottler,”[5]
      ‘It is not healthsome always to be eating meaty things.’

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