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

Definition of hearty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective He gave us all a hearty welcome. hearty young men and women His grandmother remains hale and hearty in her old age. Noun 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 As for my cartooning and writing, all that creative energy was redirected into making attractive, hearty anti-cancer meals, and trying to manage Michael’s anxiety. Carolita Johnson, Longreads, "A Woman’s Work: Till Death Do Us Part," 28 Oct. 2019 The Congolese giant toad, which grows to the size of a small hand, would be a hearty meal for any predator. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Life after dinosaurs, Neanderthal planning, and Russia’s CRISPR babies," 25 Oct. 2019 Johnson cheerily saluted French President Emmanuel Macron, who responded with the heartiest of handshakes. Raf Casert, chicagotribune.com, "Boris Johnson, European Union reach Brexit deal, setting up weekend drama in British Parliament," 17 Oct. 2019 Johnson cheerily saluted French President Emmanuel Macron, who responded with the heartiest of handshakes. Anchorage Daily News, "Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament," 17 Oct. 2019 Many anglers would have kept such a fish, either for a more than hearty meal or a lacquered and lifeless memory on the wall. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Jim Gronaw: Variety and memories at Deep Creek Lake," 6 Oct. 2019 The menu also offers heartier fare for the season, including the farmhouse egg sandwich, the new hot pastrami sandwich and the hot tuna, similar to the tuna melt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley," 12 Sep. 2019 For a heartier snack, Or Gallery and Tavern serves up small bites like Spanish corn nuts, homemade pretzels, and salmon pate. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Take A Weekend Getaway In Hudson, New York," 16 Sep. 2016 Some children seem to be heartier and able to bounce back faster and with greater resilience. Meghan Leahy, chicagotribune.com, "How do you help a child handle disappointment over his father?," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its compound of the hearty and the sprightly was an embarrassment. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Bigos is a hearty, meaty Polish soup that should be on your fall/winter recipe roster. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "10 cozy recipes for sweater weather, the season and the state of mind," 10 Oct. 2019 Luckily, keto diet followers don’t have to give up this hearty, belly-warming dish to stick to keto guidelines. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "5 Bean-Free Keto Chili Recipes Pinterest Is Obsessed With," 27 Sep. 2019 Miniature tacos and hearty gyros made without meat? Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Act fast! Komi just cooked up a plant-based pop-up.," 11 Oct. 2019 Enjoy a private olive oil tasting before sitting down to a hearty, home-cooked dinner. National Geographic, "Italy Hiking Adventure: Tuscany to the Cinque Terre," 12 June 2019 This hearty, one-pot meal of chickpeas and pasta is studded with artichoke hearts and ribbons of spinach in a lovely lemony broth for a simple, nutritious meal with elegant flair. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 The farro in this salad is hearty, helping to fill you up but not weigh you down. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "Beat the heat with these no-oven dinners for your Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer and more," 7 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Hearty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartiest. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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heartiness noun

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heavy with or as if with moisture

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