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 Hardy (audio) \ adverb
hardiness \ ˈhär-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce Hardy (audio) \ noun

Biographical name (2)

Hardyesque \ ˌhär-​dē-​ˈesk How to pronounce Hardy (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 recent chilly weather increases the cold tolerance of hardy plants. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Chilly temperatures now are sending some secret messages to your plants: Dan Gill explains," 9 Dec. 2020 These hardy crops will flourish just about anywhere with the right care. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow a Pumpkin Plant in Your Garden This Fall," 11 Sep. 2020 The roots should be hardy in southern Arkansas but the plant dies back to the ground. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Three mystery plants from across the world that would do well in Arkansas," 28 Dec. 2020 Holiday Lights, which began in 2001, is staged by a handful of hardy souls, filled with community and Christmas spirit. cleveland, "Brighten your night with a driving tour of Holiday Lights at the Medina County Fairgrounds," 7 Dec. 2020 In his comments, Rogozin referenced Boca Chica, where SpaceX is building a prototype of its Starship Mars rocket, and wondered whether SpaceX would be capable of working in as harsh conditions as his hardy Russian experts, Ars reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN9 rolls to the launch pad, SLS “wet dress” test ends early," 23 Dec. 2020 Imports are particularly crucial for fresh produce during the winter, when farmers are limited to hardy crops like cabbage or carrots. Megan Durisin, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Border Crisis Puts Fruit Supply at Risk While Meat Piles Up," 22 Dec. 2020 My mother cultivated periwinkle in our forested Massachusetts backyard, encouraging the hardy green vines to trail over the boulders and under the ferns. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "‘Hue’s Hue’: Katy Kelleher’s Column on Color," 19 Dec. 2020 The foliage of these plants is hardy and will not be bothered by winter freezes. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What's right for your garden? Learn about 4 groups of fall flowers, when to plant them and when they bloom," 25 Nov. 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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“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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