What does wholesome mean?

Definitions for wholesome
ˈhoʊl səmwhole·some

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wholesomeadjective

    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being

    "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome appearance"; "wholesome food"

  2. wholesomeadjective

    sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind

    "exercise develops wholesome appetites"; "a grin on his ugly wholesome face"


  1. wholesomeadjective

    promoting good health and well-being

  2. wholesomeadjective

    promoting moral and mental well-being

  3. wholesomeadjective

    sound and healthy

  4. wholesomeadjective

    promoting virtue or being virtuous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wholesomeadjective

    Etymology: heelsam, Dutch; heylsam, Teutonick; both from hæl , Saxon, health.

    They suffer us to famish, repeal daily any wholesome act established against the rich, and provide more piercing statutes to chain up the poor. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    ’Tis no less
    To govern justly, make your empire flourish,
    With wholesome laws, in riches, peace, and plenty;
    Than, by the expence of wealth and blood, to make
    New acquisitions. John Denham, Sophy.

    So the doctrine contain’d be but wholesome and edifying, a want of exactness in speaking may be overlook’d. Francis Atterbury.

    Night not now, as ere man fell,
    Wholesome and cool and mild; but with black air
    Accompany’d, with damps and dreadful gloom. John Milton.

    Besides the wholesome luxury which that place abounds with, a kitchen garden is a more pleasant sight than the finest orangery. Addison.

    She held it wholesomer by much,
    To rest a little on the couch. Matthew Prior.

    The Lord helpeth his anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven; even with the wholesome strength of his right hand. Psalm xx. 6.

    I cannot make you a wholesome answer; my wit’s diseased. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    To wail friends lost,
    Is not by much so wholesome, profitable,
    As to rejoice at friends but newly found. William Shakespeare.


  1. wholesome

    Wholesome can be defined as something that is beneficial, positive, and good-hearted in nature. It typically refers to things that promote well-being, moral values, and a sense of contentment. Wholesome content, activities, or individuals are often characterized by their kindness, sincerity, and a focus on the betterment of others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wholesome

    tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary

  2. Wholesome

    contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws

  3. Wholesome

    sound; healthy

  4. Etymology: [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wholesome in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wholesome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of wholesome in a Sentence

  1. Dick Flanary:

    You think about those kids, that this is the only wholesome meal those children get during the day, when they miss that, what's the result?

  2. Dr. Isaac Barrow:

    He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.

  3. James Russell Lowell:

    Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

  4. Virginia Stallings:

    The meals in school are going to keep getting better and better, they’re going to get more wholesome and more nutritious.

  5. Ricky Dickson:

    Over the past several months we have been working to make our facilities even better, and to ensure that everything we produce is safe, wholesome and of the highest quality for you to enjoy.

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    • A. incumbent
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