\ 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

On the brunch menu, the hearty Cubano sandwich ($14) replaces pork and with braised beef and pastrami. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: The Florence takes unconventional plunge into dining scene," 27 June 2019 But more niche electric transport modes like electric unicycles have also gotten a hearty welcome here. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 Or there’s no available seating far from the clattering kitchen, the droning ventilation, the hearty partyers. Joyce Cohen, Twin Cities, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination," 22 June 2019 Other menu items include seafood, beef (liver and onions, too) and pasta entrees as well as hearty salads. Gerry Frank, oregonlive.com, "Where to dine in Troutdale: Gerry Frank’s picks," 16 June 2019 At glitzy Café Bar Universal, join a crowd of revelers for live music, sangria, and picada, a hearty Colombian dish made with beef, yucca, plantains, and potatoes. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 Potato pasta and ground pork ragù gives this hearty dish the best of both worlds. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragù," 18 Mar. 2019 Chef Andrea Kirshtein leverages the diminutive kitchen and a Big Green Egg smoker on the patio to turn out baked goods and hearty breakfast and lunch dishes. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 Residents reported waves of dead fish, including large, hearty species such as catfish and gar washing up in droves and creating an almost unbearable smell. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Wastewater spill wipes out 175,000 fish north of Birmingham," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sustaining myth of the American Dream rests on a hearty can-do spirit, but not all problems can be overcome. Kate Bowler, Twin Cities, "Kate Bowler: The delicate balance of love and fear when cancer strikes," 21 June 2019 As Clive in Act One, Clayman is the embodiment of the hearty, complacent colonialist, and then perfectly captures Betty’s fretful uncertainty in Act Two. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "The sun sets on the British empire in Nora Theatre Company’s ‘Cloud Nine’," 20 June 2019 For the party hearty, Culturama from July 25 to Aug. 6 is the biggest festival of the year. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 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

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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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