har·​dy ˈhär-dē How to pronounce hardy (audio)
hardier; hardiest
: bold, brave
a hardy intrepid spirit
: accustomed to dealing with fatigue or hardships : robust
The soldiers were strong and hardy.
: capable of withstanding adverse conditions
hardy outdoor furniture
hardy plants
hardy cattle
hardily adverb
hardiness noun

Example Sentences

Most of the soldiers were hardy young men. Hardy fans stuck with the team through good times and bad. Only the hardiest pilgrims made the journey.
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Word History


Middle English hardi, from Anglo-French, from Old French *hardir to make hard, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English heard hard

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardy was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


har·​dy ˈhärd-ē How to pronounce hardy (audio)
adjective hardier; hardiest
: able to stand fatigue or hardships : robust
: able to survive unfavorable conditions (as of weather)
a hardy rose bush
hardily adverb
hardiness noun

Biographical Definition

Hardy 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Har·​dy ˈhär-dē How to pronounce Hardy (audio)
Oliver 1892–1957 originally Norvell Hardy American comic actor


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet
Hardyesque adjective

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