Whole·some a. [Compar. Wholesomer superl. Wholesomest.]
1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary.
Wholesome thirst and appetite. --Milton.
From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food. --A Smith.
2. 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.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. --Prov. xv. 4.
I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased. --Shak.
A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained. --Sir W. Scott.
3. Sound; healthy. [Obs.]
-- Whole*some*ly, adv. -- Whole*some*ness, n.
adj 1: conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral
well-being; "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome
appearance"; "wholesome food" [ant: unwholesome]
2: sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind; "exercise
develops wholesome appetites"; "a grin on his ugly