\ 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

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 Kind-of Ajiaco Serves 4 to 6 Ajiaco is a hearty and glorious Colombian chicken soup made with starchy potatoes and milky corncobs to naturally thicken the broth. Julia Clancy, SFChronicle.com, "Necessary chicken soup: one method, three recipes," 5 Feb. 2020 Then, to qualify for a happy afterlife, the body needed to look as hale and hearty as possible and kept as intact as possible. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 Sinclair said, after doing a stint of meal preparation for the institution’s hearty holiday breakfast. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Mitzvah Day brings hundreds of volunteers to Detroit-area agencies," 25 Dec. 2019 End the evening with a continental breakfast then start New Year's Day with a hearty cooked-to-order breakfast and late check out. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "New Year's Eve events in Cincinnati: Say bye to 2019 and hi to 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 How to use them: Enjoy oats or other whole-grain cereals for a hearty breakfast. Anchorage Daily News, "8 foods you need in your kitchen for a healthier 2020," 26 Nov. 2019 About the menu: Traditional lunch offerings are available, but there's about a dozen hearty breakfasts. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Buckeye Beer Engine: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 2 Nov. 2019 Order hearty biscuit breakfast and lunch sandwiches or biscuits and gravy at Biscuits & Company (www.biscuitsandcompany.com). BostonGlobe.com, "Five reasons to visit Biddeford, Maine - The Boston Globe," 14 Oct. 2019 For a hearty breakfast, try the decadent French toast bread pudding or savory scone skillet with a cheddar black pepper scone, fried egg, red-eye gravy, and bacon pine nut crunch. Sunset Magazine, "Where to Eat and Drink in Jackson Hole," 22 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But a hearty sixteen thousand soldiers took up for the grey. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 There's a hearty, slightly spiced and caramelized poutine — Belgian-style fries mixed with shreddings of beef cheek. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mixtape: Dining Review," 1 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartiest. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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