Adjective "Wholesome" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being.
  1. 'Everyone loves the wholesome nutrition of vegetables, but is there really much of that in frozen mixed veggies?'
  2. 'They should point out the benefits of a wholesome and balanced diet and the harm from eating too much junk food.'
  3. 'It looks as though the food given the detainees at Guantanamo is wholesome, nutritious and appealing.'
  4. 'There is testimony that is it both wholesome and nourishing, as well as economical.'
  5. 'Also, other than fruits and vegetables, is there another healthy, wholesome snack?'
  6. 'They took the name Bare Earth for their business to reflect their wish to produce good, natural, wholesome foods.'
  7. 'It might be medically unsound to be overweight, but somehow it's more wholesome than our current pursuit of physical perfection.'
  8. 'And thinking specifically of the terribly wholesome, fairly traded, organic peanut butter we have here?'
  9. 'Buying wholesome, healthy ingredients and cooking them at home is so simple.'
  10. 'Choosing organic whole fruit would be a more wholesome option for Rhona.'
  11. 'good wholesome fun'
  12. 'There is an element of righteous anger, especially when a purveyor of a wholesome family image is the guilty party.'
  13. 'There she is, sniffing a rose, or smiling with hair-clipped innocence, like some author of wholesome books for children.'
  14. 'Our center will provide a way for them to learn the art of clean, wholesome living and social responsibility.'
  15. 'Nick Lachey is a nice wholesome boy from Kentucky, and Jessica is a down home girl from Texas.'
  16. 'That sort of Carnival strikes me as innocent and wholesome compared to what's going on in Germany.'
  17. 'Even Florida taxi drivers like their players wholesome and squeaky-clean.'
  18. 'It's a tragically satisfying hobby that offers a never-ending source of wholesome fun.'
  19. 'The emphasis is on good, wholesome fun, and relaxation for the family with an enviable spread of good food and activities.'
  20. 'It's an absolute staple of sanity and good wholesome cultural fun, and by Jove there are some fine tunes to be had into the bargain.'
  21. 'Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have consistently tried to present a nice wholesome face.'


1. conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.

2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.

3. suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.

4. healthy or sound.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be wholesome for hearts."

"people can be wholesome in costumes."

"foods can be wholesome with vegetables."

"foods can be wholesome with herbs."

"foods can be wholesome with foods."

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Middle English: probably already in Old English (see whole, -some).