What does unhealthy mean?

Definitions for unhealthy
ʌnˈhɛl θiun·healthy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unhealthyadjective

    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

    "unhealthy ulcers"

  2. insalubrious, unhealthful, unhealthyadjective

    detrimental to health

  3. unhealthyadjective

    not conducive to good health

    "an unhealthy diet of fast foods"; "an unhealthy climate"


  1. unhealthyadjective

    characterized by, or conducive to poor health

    The villagers lived in unhealthy surroundings.

  2. unhealthyadjective

    sick or ill

    He was an unhealthy child.

  3. unhealthyadjective

    tending to corrupt

    He liked unhealthy reading material.

  4. unhealthyadjective

    characterized by disturbed mental health

    He had an unhealthy interest in fire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unhealthyadjective

    Sickly; wanting health.

    No body would have a child cramm’d at breakfast, who would not have him dull and unhealthy. John Locke, on Education.

    He, intent on somewhat that may ease
    Unhealthy mortals, and with curious search
    Examines all the properties of herbs. Philips.


  1. unhealthy

    Health, according to the World Health Organization, is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity". A variety of definitions have been used for different purposes over time. Health can be promoted by encouraging healthful activities, such as regular physical exercise and adequate sleep, and by reducing or avoiding unhealthful activities or situations, such as smoking or excessive stress. Some factors affecting health are due to individual choices, such as whether to engage in a high-risk behavior, while others are due to structural causes, such as whether the society is arranged in a way that makes it easier or harder for people to get necessary healthcare services. Still, other factors are beyond both individual and group choices, such as genetic disorders.


  1. unhealthy

    Unhealthy generally refers to a state of being in poor physical, mental, or emotional health and wellbeing. It can also refer to habits, behaviors, environments, or situations that negatively affect or have the potential to harm one's overall health or wellbeing. Unhealthy conditions may be characterized by illness, disease, stress, malnutrition, or disorder, among others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unhealthy

    un-hel′thi, adj. not healthy: wanting health or soundness of body: unfavourable to health: not indicating health.—n. Unhealth′, unhealthiness.—adj. Unhealth′ful.—adv. Unhealth′fully.—n. Unhealth′fulness.—adv. Unheal′thily.—n. Unheal′thiness, state or quality of being unhealthy or unfavourable to health: unsoundness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unhealthy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unhealthy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of unhealthy in a Sentence

  1. Georges Bataille:

    Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.

  2. Jeff Pierce:

    It’s certainly unhealthy, if you have asthma or any sort of respiratory condition, you want to be thinking about changing your plans if you’re going to be outside.

  3. Anna Coates:

    We originally thought any exposure to food would increase intake, but we only found it for unhealthy foods.

  4. Douglas Kratt:

    The Fourth has some other risks for our pets, such as an abundance of unhealthy and accessible foods at parties, dangerous summer heat, and dangerous debris on the ground following fireworks displays.

  5. Nick Carter:

    I see her in the craziest, most toxic, unhealthy place in the world.

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