har·​dy | \ ˈhär-dē How to pronounce hardy (audio) \
hardier; hardiest

Definition of hardy

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

Other Words from hardy

hardily \ ˈhär-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce hardy (audio) \ adverb
hardiness \ ˈhär-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce hardy (audio) \ noun

Examples of hardy in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Keller also explains to WPTV that the virus is hardy, and can enter homes through shoes, food items and be carried around in the environment. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2022 Ones that do tend to be hardy and produce lots of seeds that spread easily, sprout well and grow fast with whatever moisture nature provides. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Most plants that are hardy in Chicago, including trees and shrubs as well as perennials and grasses, will wait until the chance of freezing weather decreases before sprouting. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2022 Creatures that can survive in the desert tend to be hardy souls, but the juggernaut of human destruction has pushed several species to the brink of extinction and obliterated others altogether. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 This plant is not reliably hardy in the northern tier of the state. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2022 A few thousand hardy souls who braved the morning chill and an intermittent drizzle before UCLA faced No. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2021 Echerverias are not hardy in the winter in your area. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The high point is the Polar Plunge, in which hardy souls will jump into aboveground swimming pools to raise money for the Special Olympics. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for hardy


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

Hardy biographical name (1)

Har·​dy | \ ˈhär-dē How to pronounce Hardy (audio) \

Definition of Hardy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Oliver 1892–1957 originally Norvell Hardy American comic actor


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hardy (Entry 2 of 2)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet

Other Words from hardy

Hardyesque \ ˌhär-​dē-​ˈesk How to pronounce Hardy (audio) \ adjective

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