\ 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

Other Words from hearty


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 Thanksgiving is all about comfort foods, and this North Shore spot is known for its hearty Midwestern eats. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2021 The dessert menu is just as hearty and includes the Campfire S'more Cookie, a molten chocolate cookie and ice cream combo topped with marshmallows. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 The goal is for each tree to have a life-like, hearty appearance, similar to a real Christmas tree, without the hassle of trekking through a farm to find the perfect tree or spending time sweeping up pine needles scattered throughout your home. Carly Totten, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 For Diaz, a hefty glass of red goes best with an equally hearty dish, such as her Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Garlic and Shallots. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2021 Made from the same mash bill as the 93-proof version, this newest iteration is bottled at 103 proof to accent the hearty flavors of buttery apricots, honey and vanilla. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2021 The Sonoma lamb shoulder barbacoa is a hearty, shareable build-your-own taco plate with fork-tender, marinated lamb, tortillas, veggies with sides of rattle tail chili aioli and salsa borracha. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 The menu will include an 18 to 20 pound, oven roasted free-range turkey plus hearty side dishes serving six-to-eight guests. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Can putting your money in the healthcare sector offer hearty portfolio gains? Jennifer Chesak, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This hearty, gluten-free dish, incorporates two jubilant holiday ingredients—figs and walnuts—along with wild rice, a whole grain alternative to traditional refined white bread stuffing. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2021 The result is a hearty, soul-warming soup with thick threads of chicken and chewy, springy rice noodles brightened by ginger and the fresh scallions that are served as a garnish. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 19 Oct. 2021 Serve it with some of the Lodge's Seeded Granola for a hearty, welcoming breakfast. Brittany Pankey, Country Living, 12 Oct. 2021 The semi-custom vessels aim to bring a touch of sophistication to the expedition class, combining sleek design with a steel hull hearty enough to venture into rough waters. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2021 Like many hearty New Englanders who switch to pumpkin spice lattes the moment Labor Day has passed, Schwartz savors the first signs of the cooler season. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 This is a hearty, meaty chili, with a perfect balance of spices. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2021 After all, with the delta variant popping off, your priority is protecting your kids, not providing a pop-up hostel for your party-hearty mother-in-law. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2021 Take the hearty Timballo alla Trapanese pasta dish, for example. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 8 June 2021

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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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

Other Words from hearty

heartiness noun

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