hearty

1 of 2

adjective

heartier; heartiest
1
a
: giving unqualified support
a hearty endorsement
b
: enthusiastically or exuberantly cordial : jovial
had a bluff and hearty bearing, but he was a rogueRoss Annett
c
: expressed unrestrainedly
a hearty welcome
exchanged hearty handshakes
2
a
: 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
heartiness noun

hearty

2 of 2

noun

plural hearties
: a hearty fellow
also : sailor
the albatross mocked by the hearties Stephen Spender
Choose the Right Synonym for hearty

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Whether savoring hearty curries or gourmet sausages, guests like me are invited to relish in the charm of this sophisticated iconic establishment. Kissa Castañeda, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 But until then, French is letting his fans eat off a hearty helping of Mac & Cheese. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2024 As of Thursday afternoon, Mikey was last seen posing in front of a hearty lunch, complete with a margarita. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 23 Feb. 2024 Chili is a warm, hearty dish passed down from generation to generation. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Her viral salmon bowl post followed the same formula; in her video, which was posted in August of 2021, the Bay Area native microwaved leftover salmon with white rice and an ice cube, then combined them with soy sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise and hot sauce to whip together a hearty lunch. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 These comfort soups, hearty and hot, are just as satisfying. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2024 Sandoval’s Short Rib and Bean Soup is a hearty meal perfect for a stormy evening. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Head to the dining room and choose from a variety of hearty seafood entrees, including lobster pappardelle pasta and Louisiana shrimp and grits. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024
Noun
David’s response: an eruption of hearty, jaw-trembling laughter. M.d. Rodrigues, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 My hunger – who knew mindful thought burned so many calories? – didn’t abate until after a hearty, if slightly cardboard-tasting, vegan burrito at Farmer and the Cook, the city’s best healthy-dining option. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 What To Serve with Ham-and-Bean Soup Filling and hearty, this soup doesn't need much to make a satisfying meal. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 13 Oct. 2023 Tomato sauce: Adds a hearty, tomato flavor to the meatloaf. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 29 Sep. 2023 The area around L’Aquila, at the foot of the mountainous Gran Sasso National Park, was known for hearty, energy-spiking cuisine — including that nougat. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2023 Combs’ hearty, raspy vocal is nicely paired with Worsham’s relaxed, euphonious singing. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 21 Aug. 2023 Given the focus on reds, the menu reads hearty: there are several cuts of steak served with roasted or mashed potatoes. Shana Clarke, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Aug. 2023 And although most songs here don’t stray appreciably far from the Foos’ hearty, meat-and-potatoes rock offerings, a couple of experiments are revelatory. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearty was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hearty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearty. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

hearty

1 of 2 adjective
heartier; heartiest
1
a
: wholehearted, sincere
hearty agreement
b
: enthusiastically friendly
a hearty welcome
c
: unrestrained sense 2
hearty laughter
2
a
: exhibiting very good health
hale and hearty
b
: having a good appetite
a hearty eater
c
: being plentiful and satisfying
a hearty meal
3
: energetic, vigorous
gave a hearty pull
heartiness noun

hearty

2 of 2 noun
plural hearties
: comrade
also : sailor

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