hardy

adjective
har·dy | \ˈhär-dē \
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 \

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 \ adverb
hardiness \ˈhär-dē-nəs \ noun

Biographical name (2)

Hardyesque \ˌhär-dē-ˈesk \ adjective

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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No doubt, even some of the hardiest can’t take the never-ending uncertainties about farming life. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 What doesn’t kill them only makes them hardier—like the antibiotic-resistant microbes of animal pests. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Therefore, the hardy spacecraft could be a much cheaper way to fulfill the Russian deep space ambitions and save face for Roscosmos. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as a Lunar Taxi," 6 July 2018 Penn State's dance marathon raises millions: Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon. Washington Post, "Rosalynn Carter resting after surgery," 7 Mar. 2018 The tall, hardy plant has a wide, upturned top that shades the forest beneath it. National Geographic, "What Is Hogweed, the Invading Plant That Burns and Blinds?," 19 June 2018 Jean Natter, OSU Extension Master Gardener A: This is a cyclamen, probably Cyclamen hederifolium, a hardy clump-forming plant that slowly enlarges. OregonLive.com, "How to control cutworm caterpillars in the garden: Ask an expert," 17 Feb. 2018 The foundation of the garden -- planted in the bed -- are all cold hardy plants, including Little Gem magnolia trees, a boxwood hedge and neatly trimmed creeping fig vine growing on the porch and stairs. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "Gretna garden designed to outsmart freezes wins first place in NOLA.com garden contest," 25 Jan. 2018 After the drama of diagnosis passes and the preliminary offers of assistance dissipate, a few hardy souls hang in with cancer patients for the long haul. Susan Gubar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Imaginative caregiving for the cancer patient," 11 May 2018

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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 \
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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