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

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

After the drama of diagnosis passes and the preliminary offers of assistance dissipate, a few hardy souls hang in with cancer patients for the long haul. Susan Gubar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Imaginative caregiving for the cancer patient," 11 May 2018 But the Fire tablets are already pretty hardy without cases, thanks to their thick plastic shells. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon’s dock makes the Fire tablet a better Echo Show," 12 July 2018 But don’t be fooled by size—these microscopic, single-cell organisms are surprisingly hardy and exceedingly destructive. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Other reefs are particularly hardy, showing resilience against threats. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 Turtles are hardy and can be wonderful pets, experts say. Washington Post, "Turtles can make great pets, but do your homework first," 5 June 2018 These little creatures are among nature’s hardiest, making annual summer-to-winter pilgrimages of more than 3,000 miles each way. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: June brings colorful birds to my yard," 11 June 2018 Pests & diseases: Galium is hardy, rarely bothered by disease or pests. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Sweet Woodruff makes an excellent ground cover in shade," 8 June 2018 One hundred or more pounds is possible from a single cold-hardy kiwifruit plant. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 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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