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

Drift® Roses are repeat-blooming, groundcover roses that are tough, disease resistant, winter hardy to zone 4 and virtually maintenance-free. Country Living, "DRIFT® - GROUNDCOVER ROSES MADE EASY™," 14 May 2019 Ghost probably will, because Ghost is a good and hardy boy and Tormund will probably be a better master to him anyway. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Didn't Even Pet Ghost Goodbye in Game of Thrones Tonight," 6 May 2019 Bennett suggests, for perennials or hardy tropicals just emerging, heavily mulch with leaves. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Here’s how to protect your spring flowers from freezing weather in Atlanta," 13 Mar. 2018 Yellow and red are the hardiest and are very sweet. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Vibrant Raspberries," 23 May 2017 And there’s a wide range of greens that are hardy enough to stand up to any black thumb: ponytail palms, snake plants, and ferns are some of our low-maintenance favorites. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 An all-natural solution called High Tide enhances plant growth by triggering the natural immune response that results in larger and hardier crops. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska crab shell extracts are being used to aid crop production and protect game meat from spoiling," 10 June 2018 The tiny invaders have an insatiable hunger for roseau cane, a tall and hardy reed that binds together some of Louisiana's most delicate stretches of coastline. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Army Corps starting levee patrols as Mississippi River rises," 26 Feb. 2018 To maximize your ability to keep a plant alive, the company also researched the top three hardiest plants that do well with its Watair system. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 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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