\ 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

Bring a hearty appetite and order one of the gigantic breakfast tacos served on homemade tortillas. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to eat, shop and sleep in Comfort," 11 June 2018 The dough was nice and chewy and overall, the dish was hearty and very filling; one entrée fed two of us. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "Home cooking — Egyptian style — in Medford," 27 Apr. 2018 With Hip Boutiques and a Jazz Closer Start early with a hearty breakfast at Van Kahvaltı Evi in Cihangir. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Direct access to one of the loveliest beaches in the area, Crane Beach, is included in your stay, as is a hearty breakfast each morning. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts," 15 Oct. 2018 Spanning the whole night, the proceedings will commence with a a hearty meal worthy of a royal, followed by entertainment (and yes, period dress is acceptable). Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Can Now Spend the Night in Hampton Court, One of Henry VIII's Favorite Palaces," 14 Sep. 2018 Enzo’s on the Lake Old-school service and hearty Italian food has made Enzo’s a romantic, cozy spot since 1980. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida's oldest restaurants," 31 May 2018 IHOP Gear up for the egg hunt with a hearty pancake breakfast at IHOP. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These Restaurants Will Be Open on Easter Sunday," 23 Mar. 2018 Not many kids his age were reading scientific papers like Oberth’s, but von Braun had already developed a hearty appetite for such things thanks to the fictional works of his favorite writers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Take advantage of the hearty, Lowcountry breakfast and the complimentary wine and cheese served at 5 p.m. every night. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Charleston," 27 Apr. 2018 Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that a mascara this hearty would require a complicated removal process involving multiple rounds of cleanser. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Is the Only True Non-Smudging Mascara I’ve Ever Tried," 27 Aug. 2018 This hearty make-ahead brunch dish is full of the good stuff: bread, cheese, and more cheese. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mushroom and Spinach Bread Pudding," 27 Nov. 2018 Instead, use whole grains such as quinoa to make your crust for a hearty and filling recipe that’s full of fiber (which is what the white buns lack). Fox News, "7 ways to slim down your summer barbecue spread," 31 Aug. 2016 Double check that your tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and dips have sugar listed lower on the ingredients list as the hearty, wholesome stuff. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, ""No Added Sugar" Is B.S. — Here's Why," 3 Apr. 2017 In switching from catering giant gigs to running a minuscule kitchen, McPherson abandoned the hearty braised meats and the tall cakes in favor of the most popular dish from her food-truck days: rosemary fried chicken. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore," 11 May 2018 Not that any area is party-hearty: Even Bradenton Beach, the liveliest town, has a nighttime noise ordinance. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 Indeed, every level of Royal Ascot is party hearty, regardless of whether fueled by Bollinger, Pimm’s, or Guinness. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018

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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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