har·​dy | \ ˈhär-dē How to pronounce hardy (audio) \
hardier; hardiest

Definition of hardy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : bold, brave a hardy intrepid spirit
3a : accustomed to dealing with fatigue or hardships : robust The soldiers were strong and hardy.
b : capable of withstanding adverse conditions hardy outdoor furniture hardy plants hardy cattle


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Har·​dy | \ ˈhär-dē How to pronounce Hardy (audio) \

Definition of Hardy (Entry 2 of 3)

Oliver 1892–1957 originally Norvell Hardy American comic actor


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Definition of Hardy (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet

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Other Words from hardy


hardily \ ˈhär-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce hardily (audio) \ adverb
hardiness \ ˈhär-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce hardiness (audio) \ noun

Biographical name (2)

Hardyesque \ ˌhär-​dē-​ˈesk How to pronounce Hardyesque (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for hardy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of hardy in a Sentence

Adjective 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The princess fairy tale was a hardy trope even before Hollywood, but it’s not all that different from superhero fantasy. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "The deluge of Marvel movies has trained ’an entire generation to wait for someone strong to come in and save you’ says ‘The Boys’ showrunner," 21 Oct. 2020 In these circumstances, making predictions is a game best left to those hardy enough to make a profession of it. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "What’s the State of the Presidential Race Two Weeks Out?," 21 Oct. 2020 The hardy tardigrade was also the only specimen observed in the experiment to have glowed under the harsh light, which the researchers revealed was the key to their survival. Megan Marples, CNN, "When this creature faces deadly radiation, glowing is the only option," 19 Oct. 2020 Guinea pigs can live for about eight years and are a hardy pet, good with kids and responsive to human interaction. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: Meet the San Antonio animal group rescuing and adopting out guinea pigs," 16 Oct. 2020 Crotons are not cold hardy and are not reliable planted in the ground. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Nothing says it's fall garden time like classic chrysanthemums, which come in many hues," 7 Oct. 2020 American grapes are the most cold-hardy, while European grapes, considered better for wine than for the table, do well in warm Mediterranean-type zones. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "How to grow a grapevine to add drama to any garden," 7 Aug. 2020 Ramblers are generally hardy old roses descending from a large and complex heritage. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Reach new heights in your rose garden with ramblers and climbers," 3 Oct. 2020 Their research shows that many microbes are more numerous, hardy and contagious than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Why Some People Are Still Getting Sick--but Not with COVID," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hardy


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hardy


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

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27 Oct 2020

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“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hardy

: able to live through difficult conditions (such as a cold winter or a drought)
: strong and able to accept difficult or unpleasant conditions


har·​dy | \ ˈhär-dē How to pronounce hardy (audio) \
hardier; hardiest

Kids Definition of hardy

1 : able to withstand weariness, hardship, or severe weather
2 : bold sense 1, brave hardy heroes

Other Words from hardy

hardily \ ˈhär-​də-​lē \ adverb
hardiness \ ˈhär-​dē-​nəs \ noun

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