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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In one photo from the night, shared with Skye, Jenner looked to be in the midst of a hardy laugh with an inflatable dog balloon tucked under her arm. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Bella Hadid Threw Kendall Jenner a 23rd Birthday Bash—and It Looked Amazing," 4 Nov. 2018 The hardy exterior base allows for a candle pot to be moved around the house easily while the diverse range of colors, sizes, and scents enable foolproof integration into any space. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "A beginner’s guide to decorating with candles," 23 July 2018 Some of the staff will remain at the center until one or two in the morning, painstakingly selecting cells that look hardy and poking them with vanishingly tiny glass pipettes to zap them with electricity and record their response. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Redolent and hardy, orange blossoms have been a popular ingredient in fragrance water since antiquity. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Why Fragrance Water Is the Perfume World’s New Obsession," 11 Aug. 2018 A few of the hardier types continued on into the mountains and caverns near Skyline Drive; the majority sought the reassurances of civilization that the small city could provide. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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