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


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


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Definition of Hardy (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas 1840–1928 English novelist and poet

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Other Words from hardy


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

Biographical name (2)

Hardyesque \ ˌhär-​dē-​ˈesk How to pronounce Hardy (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 Minari, a hardy edible plant that grows on the edges of ponds and rivers in Asia, is known by many other names: Chinese celery, Indian pennywort, Japanese parsley. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Minari’ shows the bruises, the bounties of American life," 9 Feb. 2021 That kind of cold even prompted some sympathy from other cold-hardy locales: Alabama forecasters are watching that cold airmass and assessing if some of it could head southward later this week. Leigh Morgan, al, "Think it’s chilly in Alabama? They’re freezing their pants off up North," 7 Feb. 2021 Come winter, wide open spaces in Iowa are more numbing than even a hardy Minnesotan wants to experience. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "The ballroom that held Buddy Holly's last concert becomes a historic landmark," 5 Feb. 2021 When the plants get their first three leaves, thin them out so that 2 to 3 hardy-looking seedlings remain. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Watermelon Plants," 20 Jan. 2021 Currently, there are upward of 800 plants, all of them hardy in the maritime Northwest. oregonlive, "These websites can help you find perfect plants for spring," 14 Jan. 2021 This evergreen shrub in the willow family is hardy from zones 8-10. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants all from England this week," 11 Jan. 2021 Inside the medicine woman’s hut, a squinty, hardy-looking woman of about sixty sat on a low bench, stirring an open fire with a stick. Elizabeth Mccracken, Harpers Magazine, "The Souvenir Museum," 5 Jan. 2021 While temperatures in some areas are reaching more than most would consider durable, that’s doesn’t mean a few hardy selects cant keep you warm. Nandi Howard And Danielle Wright, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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“Hardy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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