\ 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 Casa Di Amore is an old-school Vegas staple with cozy leather booths, vintage photos of the Rat Pack, live music every night and hearty pasta dishes. NBC News, "Las Vegas' neon lights go dark as coronavirus outbreak leaves thousands unemployed," 23 Mar. 2020 The region is known for its famed beef cattle, as well as hearty dishes and pastas made primarily with butter, not olive oil which is more utilized in the southern parts of the country. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Italian chef Ferrero passionate about cuisine at Zanti Cucina Italiana in The Woodlands," 11 Feb. 2020 For a full range of hearty dishes, consider investing in a cookbook. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "What is hygge? Shop the super-cozy Scandinavian home trend," 27 Dec. 2019 Kathryn loves cooking with Asian flavors and wanted to come up with a dish that not only had great flavors, but was plentiful and hearty, with delicious fresh vegetables, basmati rice and a sticky sesame sauce. cleveland, "Their bowls are overflowing: The Rustic Grill at StoneWater to feed the front lines," 20 Apr. 2020 Mylk Labs’ oatmeal cups are hearty, non-GMO certified, and naturally sweetened without refined sugar. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 The food is hearty and homestyle, and easy to reheat. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Queens Caterer Delivers," 13 Apr. 2020 Most important of all, each one makes a meal that is hearty and satisfying. cleveland, "4 meals and some basics for absolute beginner cooks," 6 Apr. 2020 Some of them will stick around for a week or more; potatoes, carrots, and onions are hearty. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Fresh produce will abandon you in quarantine. Here’s how to keep it and waste less," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This hearty, meat-free sandwich is an ode to traditional Louisiana cuisine. Maya Wong, Sunset Magazine, "Stuck Inside? Time to Try a Recipe From These 10 Popular Cookbooks," 12 Mar. 2020 And even though there are almost too many hunks of fork-tender potatoes (which might be cubed or sliced depending on my mood), their presence is part of what makes this soup a hearty, filling meal that's perfect for rainy days. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Everything is crazy. This is the soup I always make when times get tough," 15 Mar. 2020 Big Tech’s hearty appetite has given other companies indigestion. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Capital Bills Aren’t Always Telling," 29 Jan. 2019 This easy make-ahead breakfast solution is hearty, warm, and flavorful. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? All the Nutritional Facts and Benefits to Know," 21 Feb. 2020 The cheese was plentiful and had a hearty, slightly salty taste. cleveland, "We’ve eaten over 100 frozen pizzas and so far, these are our favorites," 6 Jan. 2020 But a hearty sixteen thousand soldiers took up for the grey. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 There's a hearty, slightly spiced and caramelized poutine — Belgian-style fries mixed with shreddings of beef cheek. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mixtape: Dining Review," 1 Nov. 2019 Its compound of the hearty and the sprightly was an embarrassment. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019

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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 5 Jun. 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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heartiness noun

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