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

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 Groves of hardy bristlecone pines — the world’s longest-living tree — flourish above 9,000 feet, while caves riddle the underground. David Swanson, latimes.com, "National parks where you can find solitude in summer," 1 July 2018 The survivors, who have proven their mettle as hardy stock, wind up less likely to die with each passing year. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "The age plateau: New study suggests, at certain age, risk of death no longer increases," 28 June 2018 There hardy residents endure winters with 21 hours of darkness and temperatures can plunge to –90 Fahrenheit. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 Perennials and Shrubs Containers planted with hardy perennials and shrubs can be grown and enjoyed from year to year. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 In one photo from the night, shared with Skye, Jenner looked to be in the midst of a hardy laugh with an inflatable dog balloon tucked under her arm. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Bella Hadid Threw Kendall Jenner a 23rd Birthday Bash—and It Looked Amazing," 4 Nov. 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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