whole·some / ˈhōlsəm/ • adj. conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being: the food is plentiful and very wholesome. ∎ conducive to or promoting moral well-being: good wholesome fun. DERIVATIVES: whole·some·ly adv.whole·some·ness n.
- Armstrong, Jack “the all-American boy.” [Radio: Buxton, 121–122]
- Brady Bunch, The widower and widow marry, producing an instant, wholesome family of eight. [TV: Terrace, I, 115]
- Miss America annual beauty contest features wholesome contestants. [Am. Hist.: Allen, 56–57]
- Ozzie and Harriet series portraying the wholesome, American family. [TV: “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in Terrace, I, 34]
- Waltons, The poor, rural family in the 1930s; they extol chastity, honesty, family unity, and love. [TV: Terrace, II, 418]