\ˈhär-tē \
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

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heartiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hearty

Synonyms: Adjective

wholehearted, whole-souled

Synonyms: Noun

gob, jack, jack-tar, mariner, navigator, sailor, salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, shipman, swab, swabbie (also swabby) [slang], tar

Antonyms: Adjective

grudging, halfhearted, lukewarm, tepid

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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


He gave us all a hearty welcome. hearty young men and women His grandmother remains hale and hearty in her old age.


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

That’s particularly true of this hearty rosé from the Rioja region of Spain. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants' tweed outfits. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 And if a few extra days of rest now mean that Chapman will be hearty and hale in October, that silver lining may look more like a brass ring. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Where the ones my mother made were airy and tangy, these are buttery, hearty and deep in flavor. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Easy pancakes make any morning special," 26 June 2018 Herbs are both hearty and bountiful and require very little maintenance. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 Chez Hugo’s first-rate version was hearty and finely flavored. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Downtown gets a new French accent from Chez Hugo bistro," 20 Apr. 2018 Proving that meatless meals can be satisfying and flavorful, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Casserole is a colorful dish that superbly straddles hearty and light. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful vegetarian menu crosses bridge to spring," 7 Apr. 2018 There are some extraordinarily hearty and heavily sauced dishes here. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Bar Biscay is a trippy vision of a land far away," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Double check that your tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and dips have sugar listed lower on the ingredients list as the hearty, wholesome stuff. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, ""No Added Sugar" Is B.S. — Here's Why," 3 Apr. 2017 In switching from catering giant gigs to running a minuscule kitchen, McPherson abandoned the hearty braised meats and the tall cakes in favor of the most popular dish from her food-truck days: rosemary fried chicken. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore," 11 May 2018 Not that any area is party-hearty: Even Bradenton Beach, the liveliest town, has a nighttime noise ordinance. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 Indeed, every level of Royal Ascot is party hearty, regardless of whether fueled by Bollinger, Pimm’s, or Guinness. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 More than 100 million tourists visit Florida each year, some lured by the party-hearty, bacchanalian reputation of Miami, Key West, and other beach towns. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem," 13 June 2018 My noteworthy finds included Olo Alaia coffee shop and The Harmony Hotel and Bodhi Tree's juice bar both have hearty yet healthy options. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 3 Apr. 2018 Cooper showed the emotional first trailer for the film to conference attendees in Las Vegas to some hearty, and rare, applause from the crowd of theater owners and exhibitors. Washington Post, "‘A Star is Born’ steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate," 25 Apr. 2018 Cooper showed the emotional first trailer for the film to conference attendees in Las Vegas to some hearty, and rare, applause from the crowd of theater owners and exhibitors. Fox News, "Bradley Cooper shows first trailer of his 'A Star is Born' remake," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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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