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hearty

adjective \ ˈhär-tē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hearty

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 rogue
  • —Ross 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

Examples of hearty in a Sentence

  1. He gave us all a hearty welcome.

  2. hearty young men and women

  3. His grandmother remains hale and hearty in her old age.

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First Known Use of hearty

14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

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hearty

noun

Definition of hearty

plural hearties
:a hearty fellow; also :sailor
  • the albatross mocked by the hearties
  • —Stephen Spender

Examples of hearty in a Sentence

  1. gather round me hearties, and I'll tell you a sea tale that'll shiver your timbers for sure

Recent Examples of hearty from the Web

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First Known Use of hearty

1835



HEARTY Defined for English Language Learners

hearty

adjective

Definition of hearty for English Language Learners

  • : done or expressed in a very open, cheerful, and energetic way

  • : strong, healthy, and active

  • : large enough to satisfy hunger


HEARTY Defined for Kids

hearty

adjective \ ˈhär-tē \

Definition of hearty for Students

heartier; heartiest
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

heartiness

noun


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