har·​dy ˈhär-dē How to pronounce hardy (audio)
hardier; hardiest
: bold, brave
a hardy intrepid spirit
: accustomed to dealing with fatigue or hardships : robust
The soldiers were strong and hardy.
: capable of withstanding adverse conditions
hardy outdoor furniture
hardy plants
hardy cattle
hardily adverb
hardiness 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.
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Word History


Middle English hardi, from Anglo-French, from Old French *hardir to make hard, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English heard hard

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


har·​dy ˈhärd-ē How to pronounce hardy (audio)
adjective hardier; hardiest
: able to stand fatigue or hardships : robust
: able to survive unfavorable conditions (as of weather)
a hardy rose bush
hardily adverb
hardiness noun

Biographical Definition

Hardy 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Har·​dy ˈhär-dē How to pronounce Hardy (audio)
Oliver 1892–1957 originally Norvell Hardy American comic actor


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet
Hardyesque adjective

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