\ 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 Visitor spending can amount to a couple of billion dollars annually, according to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a hearty sum for the local economy. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Highway 1 through Big Sur will be repaired. How long that takes is unclear," 10 Feb. 2021 Roasting cauliflower gives it a deep, caramelized flavor that makes this feel like a hearty feast without any meat. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower," 3 Feb. 2021 Made with lemonade, limoncello, and raspberries, this boozy, frozen treat is the ideal light dessert after a hearty Italian meal. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "Italian Shaved Ice Granita," 17 Dec. 2020 What surprised her most, Campbell said, is that people were not only grateful for the hearty laugh during a difficult time but that many were genuinely touched by the silly mother-daughter bonding experience. Washington Post, "How a mother-daughter standoff over a dirty sock became a viral sensation," 15 Dec. 2020 Meatless Monday has never been so easy— these delicious chickpea fritters are hearty and filling without too much effort. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Falafel Chopped Salad," 21 Jan. 2021 Tunisian cuisine is sometimes hearty, other times delicate. New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Tunis Tonight," 12 Jan. 2021 New York City restaurants have always added a few hearty dishes to their menus come winter. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Outdoor Dining Menus Heat Up With Comfort Foods," 20 Jan. 2021 But with the odds stacked against him in a chilly stadium filled with 7,000 hearty fans, Goff played well enough to at least go into the spring as the Rams’ starter. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Rams quarterback Jared Goff plays well in loss, but starting job remains uncertain," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Expect to encounter three or four varieties (the menu is posted daily on the shop's Facebook page), one of which is the hearty, always-appealing mix of beef steak, potato, onion and rutabaga. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 12 Feb. 2021 This hearty and comforting casserole swaps the familiar pasta for cauliflower and a dairy-free sauce that still feels creamy and indulgent. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 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

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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 Mar. 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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