\ ˈhär-tē How to pronounce hearty (audio) \
heartier; heartiest

Definition of hearty

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1a : giving unqualified support a hearty endorsement
b : enthusiastically or exuberantly cordial : jovial had a bluff and hearty bearing, but he was a rogue— Ross Annett
c : expressed unrestrainedly a hearty welcome exchanged hearty handshakes
2a : exhibiting vigorous good health hearty young men and women
b(1) : having a good appetite a hearty eater
(2) : abundant, rich, or flavorful enough to satisfy the appetite hearty vegetable soup
3 : vigorous, vehement a hearty pull


plural hearties

Definition of hearty (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hearty fellow also : sailor the albatross mocked by the hearties — Stephen Spender

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heartiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hearty

Synonyms: Adjective

wholehearted, whole-souled

Synonyms: Noun

gob, jack, jack-tar, mariner, navigator, sailor, salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, shipman, swab, swabbie (also swabby) [slang], tar

Antonyms: Adjective

grudging, halfhearted, lukewarm, tepid

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sincere, wholehearted, heartfelt, hearty, unfeigned mean genuine in feeling. sincere stresses absence of hypocrisy, feigning, or any falsifying embellishment or exaggeration. a sincere apology wholehearted suggests sincerity and earnest devotion without reservation or misgiving. promised our wholehearted support heartfelt suggests depth of genuine feeling outwardly expressed. expresses our heartfelt gratitude hearty suggests honesty, warmth, and exuberance in displaying feeling. received a hearty welcome unfeigned stresses spontaneity and absence of pretense. her unfeigned delight at receiving the award

Examples of hearty in a Sentence


He gave us all a hearty welcome. hearty young men and women His grandmother remains hale and hearty in her old age.


gather round me hearties, and I'll tell you a sea tale that'll shiver your timbers for sure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The duo is the foundation of a multitude of wonderful one-pot variations, all simple, hearty and nutritious. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 The duo is the foundation of a multitude of wonderful one-pot variations, all simple, hearty and nutritious. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 5 Sep. 2019 Everything’s made in-house, portions are hearty, service is speedy and prices are fair. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 to try: New North County restaurants for Mexican, Mediterranean and more," 22 Aug. 2019 These were excellent dishes to share – hearty and generously portioned. Anchorage Daily News, "Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant and James Beard-nominated chef takes over Muse restaurant. So: how’s the food?," 17 July 2019 As fall approaches, expect to see more hearty greens on the menu. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Although the world’s largest frogs are well known for their girth, their jumping prowess, and their ability to provide a hearty meal for us humans, their reproductive behavior has long been a mystery. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The world’s biggest frogs build their own ponds," 8 Aug. 2019 The bada paav — a fried potato burger, for lack of a more elegant description — is hearty, playfully spiced and served up on a no-frills sesame burger bun. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 But as Hexum has noted before, their lyrics do not simply espouse an upbeat, life-affirming or party-hearty vibe. Bryan Reesman, Billboard, "311's Nick Hexum on Hitting the Road With Dirty Heads & Embracing Their Cult Status," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Crinkles of red cabbage take this dish into September and beyond and turn this into a hearty yet light one-dish meal. Los Angeles Times, "The only pasta salad recipe you’ll ever need," 31 Aug. 2019 Founded in 1925, this iconic French brand has earned legions of devoted fans thanks to their hearty enameled cast iron pots, dutch ovens, and pans and sturdy stone bakewear. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Your Wish-Listed Le Creuset Cookware Is On Sale Right Now," 23 Aug. 2019 Constance watches then turns to Beth’s quinoa, a hearty, fibre-esque gray. Kate Walbert, The New Yorker, "To Do," 26 Aug. 2019 This hearty, one-pot recipe will warm you up on the coldest of nights. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Hearty Bean and Beef Chili," 18 July 2019 Book a Saturday night table here for you and your sweetheart; the crowd is low-key, and the food is serious, but hearty. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beignets in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Trippel: Big, hearty, higher-alcohol beers that are golden in color and a spicy, dry profile. oregonlive.com, "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 This is a hearty, thankful shoutout to CDOT for remarkable, road-clearing service through this long winter. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Good people with guns; Colorado can lead way again in abortion fight (6/16/19)," 16 June 2019 The sustaining myth of the American Dream rests on a hearty can-do spirit, but not all problems can be overcome. Kate Bowler, Twin Cities, "Kate Bowler: The delicate balance of love and fear when cancer strikes," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of hearty


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hearty

: done or expressed in a very open, cheerful, and energetic way
: strong, healthy, and active
: large enough to satisfy hunger


\ ˈhär-tē How to pronounce hearty (audio) \
heartier; heartiest

Kids Definition of hearty

1 : friendly and enthusiastic a hearty welcome
2 : strong, healthy, and active hearty young men
3 : having a good appetite hearty eaters
4 : large and plentiful a hearty meal

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