\ 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 Even in the worst of times, Panera Bread has been here to provide you with fresh, hearty meals. Dave Schilling, The New Yorker, "A Letter from Panera Bread’s C.E.O.: Our Dining Rooms Are Open (So That You Can Break Up with Your Significant Other)," 19 Nov. 2020 Cheese, greens and crispy phyllo make a hearty side. Washington Post, "Thanksgiving sides recipes for cranberry sauce, green beans, corn and a whole lot more," 16 Nov. 2020 The Anderson family has a standing tradition of adding a hearty blend of flavors to their pies—including orange zest (later replaced with coriander,) nutmeg, cinnamon and more. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Anthony Anderson Dishes On His Family's Sweet Potato Pie Recipe," 12 Nov. 2020 Many employers were friendly to the prisoners, fed them hearty meals, took them to county fairs, even invited some to spend the night with the farm families. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Did German POWs really work on Minn. farms during World War II?," 25 Sep. 2020 Rahul Gandhi, India’s main opposition leader, offered his hearty congratulations. Washington Post, "As Kamala D. Harris breaks barriers, India celebrates," 7 Nov. 2020 Investors in the two public companies, Uber and Lyft, gave a hearty thumbs-up, adding billions to their market values the day after California voters went to the polls. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Proposition 22 passes: What the gig-work measure means for drivers, customers," 6 Nov. 2020 Comfort foods can be defined as feel-good, hearty foods that are both nourishing and nurturing. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Keep biscuit calories in check replacing butter with reduced fat sour cream," 5 Nov. 2020 The watchers greeted each bulletin with cheers as hearty as a crowd of partisan rooters on the bleachers at a football game. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Election news was delivered differently a century ago," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This was the heyday of Spring Break and legendary party hearty spots such as the Button, Candy Store, Summers on the Beach and Penrod’s on the Beach. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Wanna feel old? Fort Lauderdale beach’s World Famous Parrot Lounge turns 50.," 12 Nov. 2020 The Southerleigh team scrapped their original plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mon Chou Chou for a single all-day menu of hearty and comforting dishes such as coq a vin and steak frites — literally meat and potatoes. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Dozens of S.A. restaurants opening in 2020. Are owners insane?," 29 Oct. 2020 This old-school European eatery offers a rotating dinner box for two, featuring hearty, homey German specialties. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants and breweries have everything you need to throw your own private Oktoberfest," 16 Oct. 2020 What’s next for Wallen, after his party-hearty time in Tuscaloosa? Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "See Morgan Wallen living it up with fans in Tuscaloosa after Bama game," 5 Oct. 2020 Over two weekends in August, the Union-Tribune watched hundreds of them roaming without masks, especially in the party-hearty section of the College Area neighborhood. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UC San Diego trying to avoid the coronavirus chaos that has upended SDSU," 20 Sep. 2020 That could explain why party-hearty South Florida, both hot and humid, has experienced a serious outbreak. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Beware: Fall and winter could be a friend to COVID-19, experts say," 31 Aug. 2020 These are the ones who refuse to wear masks, hold mass mask burnings, who party hearty, who flaunt the law, who spit on children who are wearing masks. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kudos to the Mighty 67 who have opted out of the NFL season," 8 Aug. 2020 But there are other ways to get a similar hearty, starchy bite into your favorite recipe. Linnea Covington, The Know, "Out of eggs, rice, garlic or flour? Here are some common swaps for cooking staples.," 26 Mar. 2020

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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/hearty. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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