good health

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Good Health


fit as a fiddle Healthy, very fit, in good physical condition. There are several possible derivations of this expression, one of which holds that a properly tuned fiddle looks and sounds so impressive that it is a compliment for a person to be compared to it. Two other possibilities claim that the original expression was fit as a fiddler in which fiddler was a nickname applied either to a boxer with fancy footwork or to the person who played the fiddle at lively Irish dances, most of which lasted from dusk to dawn without any breaks. In both cases, the fiddler would have to be physically fit and have great stamina to last throughout the event. Similar expressions are fine as a fiddle and face made of a fiddle, the latter used to describe someone who is exceptionally attractive.

I arrived at my destination feeling fit as a fiddle. (Harrington O’Reilly, Fifty Years on the Trail, 1889)

in fine feather See ELATION.

in fine fettle See ELATION.

in the pink In excellent health; robust. This familiar expression, derived as a shortening of the phrase in the pink of condition ‘the most perfect state of something, ’ probably developed its current figurative sense as an allusion to the rosy complexion of a healthy person.

I am writing these lines to say I am still in the pink and hoping you are the same. (John B. Priestly, Good Companion, 1929)

right as a trivet Stable, solid, sound; in good health or spirits, fine, very well; thoroughly or perfectly right.

“I hope you are well, sir.” “Right as a trivet, sir,” replied Bob Sawyer. (Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1837)

The allusion is to a literal trivet, a three-legged stand or support, which stands firm on nearly any surface.

right as ninepence Perfectly well, in excellent health or spirits, in fine fettle, in good condition or shape.

I thought I was as right as ninepence. (Rolf Boldrewood, A Colonial Reformer, 1890)

The ninepence was originally a British shilling minted under Queen Elizabeth I and intended for circulation in Ireland. The coin so depreciated in value, however, that it was used as a nine-penny piece in England. Considering the unhealthy background of the nine-pence, the expression’s current meaning is somewhat ironic.

sound as a bell Healthy, fit, in fine fettle; secure or stable. The phrase appeared in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (III, ii):

He hath a heart as sound as a bell.

This expression is based on the fact that even the slightest imperfection markedly affects the tone of a bell. Although the expression may refer to the quality and condition of an inanimate object, it is more often applied to the soundness of the human mind and body.

A single man … with prospects, an’ as sound as a bell … is not to be had every day. (Pall Mall Magazine, July, 1898)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Good Health - the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental diseasegood health - the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
haleness, wholeness - a state of robust good health
vim, vitality, energy - a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; "jogging works off my excess energy"; "he seemed full of vim and vigor"
blush, rosiness, flush, bloom - a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
glow, freshness - an alert and refreshed state
radiance - an attractive combination of good health and happiness; "the radiance of her countenance"
sturdiness - the state of being vigorous and robust
condition, shape - the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
health problem, ill health, unhealthiness - a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
References in classic literature ?
What say you to resting a space and eating and drinking good health with me.
As for myself," adds the curtain, "I am altogether in good health and spirits, glory be to God
We have some very interesting inhabitants," he remarked, walking stiffly beside her on his stick-cinnamon legs; "and all of us who are in good health are well bred.
Rose looked worthy of her name as she stood smiling to herself over a happier secret than any Phebe had a secret which she did not know herself till she found out, some years later, the magic of good health.
Crux since you left it, and that my honored master, the admiral, is far from enjoying his usual good health.
And yet I can't tell how it is, but your honour is seemingly in perfect good health, and you never looked better nor fresher in your life.
She never told until long afterwards how painful that duty was; how peevish a patient was the jovial old lady; how angry; how sleepless; in what horrors of death; during what long nights she lay moaning, and in almost delirious agonies respecting that future world which she quite ignored when she was in good health.
Mr Swiveller expressed his acknowledgments; and it appearing on further conversation that he was in good health, and that Mr Chuckster was in the like enviable condition, both gentlemen, in compliance with a solemn custom of the ancient Brotherhood to which they belonged, joined in a fragment of the popular duet of 'All's Well,' with a long shake' at the end.
The poor wretch was not in good health at the time; and our owner had occasion to employ him in the valley of the island far inland.
Captain Harville had never been in good health since a severe wound which he received two years before, and Captain Wentworth's anxiety to see him had determined him to go immediately to Lyme.
Let us intrust to Providence the care of guiding us and of keeping us in good health as we are now.
The next morning he and I set out on foot for the Admiral Benbow, and there I found my mother in good health and spirits.