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

Unlike many hardy, perennial salvia, this series from Darwin Perennials blooms all summer. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plants in the ground, ready for summer," 3 July 2019 As a dermatologist later explained, raising your heart rate causes blood to rush to the wound site, which can compromise the hardiest of stitches. Katie O'reilly, Outside Online, "Running After Melanoma," 30 June 2019 Icelandic horses are small, hardy, and have a unique ambling gait called the tölt. Opt to saddle up and ride through the surrounding hills with a guide before gathering at the farm for a homemade lunch. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 June 2019 Even on days of heavy storms or bitter cold, this hardy entrepreneur was always in her shop before dawn, wearing rubber boots and tallying prices with a pencil. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "How the Avocado Became the Fruit of Global Trade," 27 Mar. 2018 Theirs was immigrant stock, from Germany and Scotland, hardy entrepreneurs who tackled the new land with a blitz of new businesses — restaurants, hotels and, finally, real estate. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead. Then, sharply different choices.," 23 Feb. 2018 The ultimate losers here are of course Rays fans, a hardy group often mocked for their poor turnout at the ballpark. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rays' Montreal play has huge ripples - and likely means end of MLB in Tampa," 20 June 2019 Bearing American flags and red-white-and-blue signs, a hardy band of President Trump supporters gathered in Novato on Tuesday ahead of the president’s re-election kickoff rally nearly 3,000 miles away. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Trump supporters stage small but spirited ‘caravan’ in Marin County," 18 June 2019 There really is quite a selection of plants that will work in your situation: sweet woodruff, hostas, ferns, bleeding heart, rhododendron, hydrangea, wild geranium, violets, trillium, hardy cyclamen. oregonlive.com, "Tips for success when planting under conifer and maple trees? Ask an expert," 8 June 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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