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

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

Learn how to use hardy succulents to create a living wall hanging that is yours to take home. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar June 9-17: school's out, get the kids involved in gardening," 8 June 2018 For new research published in mSystems, the Northwestern team looked at the hardy microbes that made it to the International Space Station. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Living in Space Doesn't Turn Bacteria into Killer Superbugs, Study Says," 9 Jan. 2019 For example, Poland’s bigger cities — particularly Warsaw — offer fascinating and flavorful food tours with a focus on vodka, fermenting techniques (for dishes like borscht), and hardy stews that originated in the country’s peasant past. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 Microsoft sent us two 3.5mm devices to test: a hardy foot pedal, made by StealthSwitch, and a fingertip-sized button. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Adaptive Controller is now out—and we go hand, foot, fingers, and elbows-on," 6 Sep. 2018 Consider the hardy succulent the gift that keeps on giving: With proper care, holiday cacti can last for years, blooming at different times depending on the species. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christmas Cactus Care: Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday Plant," 1 Aug. 2018 When designing permanent containers, remember that the plants will be less hardy than usual because their roots are more exposed to fluctuating air temperature. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Common Ground Cherry Problems Ground cherries are susceptible to the same pests and diseases as tomatoes and tomatillos, but are hardier, perhaps because of their weed-like nature. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Tannat is a hardy black grape most closely identified with the tannic, long-living Madiran wines of southwest France. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 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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