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

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 In nature, Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are hardy creatures. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 About 100,000 years ago, small, hardy bands of Neanderthals arrived on the trail of megafauna such as mammoths and woolly rhinoceros. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Relics washed up on beaches reveal lost world beneath the North Sea," 30 Jan. 2020 Starting in early spring, plant trees, shrubs, and hardy perennial flowers (bleeding heart and geraniums, for example). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 One that even for its hardy residents has become notable. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, "It's sunless in Seattle as city weathers one of the gloomiest stretches in recent history," 29 Jan. 2020 Some families even have these hardy skillets for generations, passing it down like a family heirloom. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet," 27 Jan. 2020 With piccata in your arsenal, the prospect of yet another hardy winter veg is a lot less bleak, and a ho-hum crisper-drawer clean-out can be a proper dressed-vegetable side dish. Caroline Lange, Bon Appétit, "Piccata Makes Any Winter Veg Taste Like It's on Spring Break," 24 Jan. 2020 There are garden mums, also called hardy mums, and florist mums. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Are Mums Perennials? Here's What to Know About the Flower," 22 Jan. 2020 Even in the absence of innumerable animal carcasses, ecologists are worried that hardy, fast-growing invasive species will gain a foothold in burn scars and muscle native species out. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Macabre Science of Animal Mass Die-Offs," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of hardy was in the 13th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for hardy

hardy

adjective
How to pronounce Hardy (audio)

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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