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
Middle English holsom, from Old English *hālsum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
whole + -some (Wiktionary)