Inherited from Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlþ, from Proto-West Germanic *hailiþu, from Proto-Germanic *hailiþō, from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, hale”). Cognate with Old High German heilida. Analyzable as whole + -th, hale + -th, or heal + -th. More at heal.
health (usually uncountable, plural healths)
- The state of being free from physical or psychological disease, illness, or malfunction; wellness. [from 11th c.]
- Her mental health is really affected by stressful environments.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.
- A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
- The directors are concerned about the financial health of the project.
- Physical condition.
- in shape, in forme.
- (obsolete) Cure, remedy. [16th c. (Middle English: 11th–15th c.)]
- (countable) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]
- 2002, Joshua Scodel, Excess and the Mean in Early Modern English Literature, page 213:
- Strikingly, however, Waller does not deny but rather revels in the claim that healths lead to excessive drinking
- (video games) The amount of damage an in-game object can withstand before it is destroyed.
- The enemies on this level have a lot of health.
- 2018 March 6, Martin Robinson, “Dispelling the myths of Bloodborne”, in Eurogamer:
- Lose a little health and there's a few seconds in which you'll be able to win it back by ragging on an enemy.
- allied health
- bill of health
- digital health
- health activation
- health and fitness age
- health and safety
- health bar
- health behavior
- health center
- health centre
- health club
- health code
- health farm
- health food
- health fund
- health hazard
- health informatics
- health insurance
- health is your first wealth
- health nut
- health physics
- health point
- health product
- health science
- health service
- health stamp
- health tourism
- health warning
- health worker
- healthcare, health care
- ill health
- in health
- in the pink of health
- life, prosperity, health
- mental health
- Personal Social Health Education
- public health
- reproductive health
- telebehavioral health
- telemental health
- to your health
- World Health Organization
state of being free of physical or psychological disease, illness, or malfunction
overall level of function of an organism
(video games) amount of damage an in-game object can withstand
From Middle English heleð (“man, hero, fighter”), from Old English hæleþ (“man, hero, fighter”), from Proto-West Germanic *haliþ, from Proto-Germanic *haliþaz (“man, hero”). Cognate with West Frisian held (“hero”), Dutch held (“hero”), German Held (“hero”), Norwegian Nynorsk hauld (“freeman”).
health (plural healths)
- (obsolete) A warrior; hero; man.
- 1612, Michael Drayton, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [John Selden], editor, Poly-Olbion. Or A Chorographicall Description of Tracts, Riuers, Mountaines, Forests, and Other Parts of this Renowned Isle of Great Britaine, […], London: […] H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes; I. Browne; I. Helme; I. Busbie, published 1613, →OCLC:
- They, under false pretence of amity and cheer, the British peers invite, the German healths to view.
- health in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- health in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911