from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conducive to sound health or well-being; salutary: simple, wholesome food; a wholesome climate.
  • adj. Promoting mental, moral, or social health: wholesome entertainment.
  • adj. Sound; healthy. See Synonyms at healthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Promoting good health and well-being.
  • adj. Promoting moral and mental well-being.
  • adj. Sound and healthy.
  • adj. Promoting virtue or being virtuous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary.
  • adj. Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound.
  • adj. Sound; healthy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Healthy; whole; sound in mind or body.
  • Tending to promote health; favoring health; healthful; salubrious: as, wholesome air or diet; a wholesome climate.
  • Contributing to health of mind or character; favorable mentally or morally; sound; salutary: as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths.
  • Profitable; advantageous; hence, prosperous.
  • Clean and neat.
  • Synonyms Salutary, etc. (see healthy), nourishing, nutritious, invigorating, beneficial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  • adj. sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English holsom, from Old English *hālsum.

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whole +‎ -some


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  • His vigorous will seemed to dominate over the whole household; he would drag me out peremptorily for what he called wholesome exercise, which meant long, scrambling walks, which sent me home with tingling pulses and exuberant spirits, until the atmosphere of the sick room moderated and subdued them again.

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  • They can be made dairy free, still be delicious, and contain wholesome goodness.

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  • The taste of the public has, of late years, been accustomed to very high stimulants: no plain wholesome food will go down; and every thing must be hashed and stewed with some "sauce piquante," which however delicious to one palate, may be very offensive and disgusting to another.

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  • When they eat they get together, three or four of them in wholesome fellowship.

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  • Being of Somo, No-ola, Langa-Langa, and far Malu they were in wholesome fear, did they lose the protection of their white masters, of being eaten by the Su'u folk, just as the Su'u boys would have feared being eaten by the Somo and Langa-Langa and

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  • The poor should know how much more wholesome is a broth made from remnants of stale bread, than soups of coarse spaghetti – often dry and seasoned with meat juice.

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  • Oswald does not particularly want his story to be remembered, but he wishes to tell the truth, and perhaps it is what father calls a wholesome discipline to lay bare the awful facts.

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