\ ˈhär-tē How to pronounce hearty (audio) \
heartier; heartiest

Definition of hearty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from hearty


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Still, on New Year’s Day, their parents would always make soup joumou — a hearty, traditional Haitian dish of squash, beef, potatoes, other vegetables and herbs. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 The food is also vegetarian, soy-free, and surprisingly good—not just good for gluten-free food, but actually good—with hearty flavors like creamy potato soup and enchilada with rice and beans. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 With a fuller body than many of its peers, fruity, lemony notes and a long finish, this wine pairs well with hearty main dishes and can stand on its own, too. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Bun baked with Kernza wheat, a hearty grain with long roots that retain water and rejuvenate the soil. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 The Showtime series builds on its source material, the 1976 film starring David Bowie, with a hearty dose of optimism about humankind. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 24 Apr. 2022 When devising the menu, Sacko began with childhood memories of sitting around a dinner table laden with his mother’s hearty Malian and Senegalese comfort foods in the Paris suburb of Seine-et-Marne with his eight siblings. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2022 For all his hearty manner, Harry is a troubled man suffering an existential crisis on this day of all days. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 His own office around the corner was remade into a large kitchen, with a dishwasher and a stove where volunteers make hearty lunches that are served every afternoon to some 600 people in the safety of a nearby subway station. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That will give the veggie a sweet, roasty depth of flavor and hearty-yet-tender texture. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 16 Apr. 2022 The man, hale and hearty and wearing sunglasses, was silent. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 This hearty and invigorating cologne is an easy choice for both the office and the early hours of the morning. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 An episode that examines the frat boy, sexist, party-hearty culture the company curated is among the series' best, portraying the collateral damage of burnt out, laid off, and exploited employees that WeWork left in its destructive wake. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Roots of Guinness Draught stretch back more than 250 years, and for much of that time, simply being a hearty, yet approachable stout was enough. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 11 Mar. 2022 This hearty, slightly tart dip assembled in the food processor would make for a nice mezze platter with another dip or two, such as five-minute hummus or herbed yogurt, pita wedges and crudites. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 The grain is not only a hearty, comforting, winter-time breakfast staple, but also a wonderful way to increase your H2O intake. Joey Skladany, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Dec. 2021 This hearty, gluten-free dish, incorporates two jubilant holiday ingredients—figs and walnuts—along with wild rice, a whole grain alternative to traditional refined white bread stuffing. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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