Definition of unhealthy in English:



  • 1Harmful to health.

    ‘an unhealthy diet’
    • ‘Men don't usually worry about diets or unhealthy lifestyles until they find themselves facing a health problem.’
    • ‘Studies show that static seating is dangerous and unhealthy.’
    • ‘But probably the most dangerously unhealthy practice in sport is the use of performance enhancing drugs.’
    • ‘In the winter, the place will still be drafty, cold, and dangerously unhealthy.’
    • ‘Home-grown food improves the diet and bypasses many unhealthy aspects of production and distribution.’
    • ‘We could try to regulate every aspect of the lives of everyone, so that all unhealthy or risky practices were eliminated.’
    • ‘There is some evidence to suggest that obesity and an unhealthy diet may also increase the risk of cancers such colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘On the other hand, many sour and bitter foods were either unhealthy or poisonous for early humans.’
    • ‘Prisoners of war interned in unhealthy areas, or where the climate is injurious for them, shall be removed as soon as possible to a more favourable climate.’
    • ‘The average UK diet contains unhealthy levels of saturated fats, with dairy products being the main source of the problem.’
    • ‘The lesson I learned that day: Obesity can be a dangerous and unhealthy condition.’
    • ‘I actually have a really unhealthy diet that ought to make me gain weight, but it doesn't.’
    • ‘This contributes to stress-induced health conditions and unhealthy living patterns.’
    • ‘They are forced to work under dangerous and unhealthy conditions, often for months without days off, according to a city report.’
    • ‘If fat is unhealthy, but diets don't work, what then are you suggesting?’
    • ‘Sweating off the pounds can be an unhealthy, even dangerous and potentially fatal way to lighten your load.’
    • ‘How about all the lives lost through unhealthy and dangerous working conditions, for which no compensation was ever awarded to the victims?’
    • ‘Fever should not be regarded as a dangerous or unhealthy process in the body.’
    • ‘And it could become more of a problem in Asia as unhealthy elements in Western diets are adopted.’
    • ‘This is unsightly, unhygienic and, given the present climate of contagious illness, positively unhealthy.’
    harmful, detrimental, destructive, injurious, damaging, deleterious, ruinous, malign, noxious, poisonous, insalubrious, baleful
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    1. 1.1Not having or showing good health.
      ‘his skin looked pale and unhealthy’
      • ‘How can we be healthy in a holistic way, if we are deprived this view of ourselves or if we only see ourselves portrayed as damaged and unhealthy?’
      • ‘Towns were becoming more unhealthy, poisoning themselves with their own human, animal, and industrial wastes.’
      ill-looking, ill, unwell, in poor health, ailing, sick, sickly, poorly, indisposed, unsound, unfit, weak, feeble, frail, delicate, debilitated, infirm, valetudinarian, washed out, run down, peaky, out of condition, out of shape, in poor condition, in poor shape
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    2. 1.2(of a person's attitude or behaviour) not sensible or well balanced.
      ‘an unhealthy obsession with fast cars’
      • ‘That's the kind of thing that probably causes ulcers, and as such probably also foments very unhealthy attitudes.’
      • ‘By making us aware of the origins of our unhealthy behaviour, psychoanalysis helps us to adapt to external reality.’
      • ‘Peer education is considered an effective way to change youth attitudes and unhealthy life patterns.’
      • ‘Is our current food obsession unhealthy, a sign of decadence even?’
      • ‘Only about a quarter of the effect is likely to have been due to unhealthy behaviour, such as smoking.’
      • ‘However, don't take this attitude to an unhealthy extreme; everything you most want to believe is not automatically wrong.’
      • ‘Stereotypes should be challenged and unhealthy attitudes towards relationships with women revised.’
      • ‘In our study, heightened stress showed typical associations with unhealthy behaviour.’
      • ‘And besides, having such an unhealthy attitude does one no good at all.’
      • ‘I would call it an unhealthy obsession, except I have too many of my own.’
      • ‘Either way, I would not want to fall into the unhealthy mindset of the programme which encouraged viewers to judge the wives on their successes and failures.’
      • ‘This concern is associated with an increased risk of women engaging in unhealthy eating behaviours.’
      • ‘I used to worry that this was unhealthy, obsessive behaviour and speculated frequently about its causes.’
      • ‘Besides, this is an unhealthy outlook on consumer fashion.’
      • ‘And here lies his evolutionary explanation of unhealthy behaviour.’
      • ‘Others would argue, of course, that Dawn and her husband are contributing to our society's already unhealthy attitude toward women.’
      • ‘Information is provided that warns of the severity and likelihood of consequences of unhealthy behaviours.’
      • ‘We know that, where people feel good about themselves and about their environment, they are less likely to indulge in unhealthy behaviour.’
      • ‘While she didn't have a problem with alcohol, she admits she had an unhealthy attitude to eating for a while.’
      • ‘The law alone cannot change this unhealthy attitude.’
      unwholesome, undesirable, morbid, macabre, ghoulish, twisted, warped, depraved, abnormal, unnatural
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