hardy

adjective
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

Hardy

biographical name (1)
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

Hardy

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hardy (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet

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Other Words from hardy

Adjective

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

cast-iron, hard, hard-bitten, hardened, inured, rugged, stout, strong, sturdy, tough, toughened, vigorous

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, nonhardy, soft, tender, weak

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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

For some hardy souls, the lure of saving money may have outweighed the scorching temperatures. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Electricity use spikes as temperatures climb through the 90s," 19 July 2019 For the hardy souls who insist on driving, the casino has 3,000 underground parking spaces ($22 for 6 hours, $42 for 24 hours), and there is overflow parking at several locations nearby. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Encore Boston Harbor casino is hours from opening," 23 June 2019 That meant past life, and maybe an outside chance of extremely hardy present day microbes, a minority view. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life," 22 Oct. 2018 Visit the Thai Garden, which emulates a tropical garden only with Wisconsin-hardy plants. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 Patients can carry the organism on their skin for months or longer, and the hardy yeast can live on surfaces for a month or more. Lena H. Sun, The Denver Post, "Deadly fungal disease may be linked to climate change, study suggests," 23 July 2019 The cover crop can be a winter-hardy grain, a legume or a combination of the two. oregonlive.com, "Pull unsightly weeds as they pop or desired garden plants will suffer," 13 July 2019 But near the thawing poles, a hardy few organisms are revealing incredible stamina. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 July 2019 New York vintners are experimenting with native grapes that are more hardy—but those aren't as popular with drinkers. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Climate change means more pesticides in your wine," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of hardy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hardy

Adjective

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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hardy

adjective

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

hardy

adjective
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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