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health +‎ -y



healthy (comparative healthier, superlative healthiest)

  1. Enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit: well.
    He was father to three healthy kids.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
      By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
  2. Conducive to health.
    A healthy diet and exercise can help to maintain proper weight.
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
  3. Evincing health.
  4. (figuratively) Significant, hefty; beneficial.
    a healthy respect for authority
    Sam unwrapped the sandwich and took a healthy bite out of the middle.



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