From earlier holesome, from Middle English holsom, holsum, helsum, halsum, from Old English *hālsum, *hǣlsum, from Proto-Germanic *hailasamaz, equivalent to whole + -some. Cognate with Dutch heilzaam, Icelandic heilsamur, Norwegian Nynorsk helsesam, Swedish hälsosam (“wholesome”).
- Promoting good physical health and well-being.
- Promoting moral and mental well-being.
- 1750, Thomas Morell (lyrics), George Frideric Handel (music), “'Theodora'”:
- Though hard, my friends, yet wholesome are the truths, taught in affliction's school, whence the pure soul rises refined, and soars above the world.
- Marked by wholeness; sound and healthy.
- Promoting virtue or being virtuous.