\ 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

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

In California in the 1940s and '50s, nectarines were bred to be heartier than earlier varieties and became more available to the general public. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "Peach vs. Nectarine: What's the Difference Between the Two?," 30 May 2019 After hearty applause and the ceremony’s completion, attendees headed to the Library’s main hall for drinks, dancing, and dessert before descending the iconic steps into the night. Noor Brara, Vogue, "The New York Public Library Celebrates the Young Lions Fiction Award With a Summer Party," 8 June 2018 This rich and tender rustic Irish quick bread is best paired with corned beef and cabbage, beef stew, or any other hearty St. Patrick's Day meal. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Soda Bread," 6 Feb. 2019 Built in 1931 to support skiing and mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies, the lodge lacks running water or electricity, but comes with other luxuries, like great, hearty meals served by candlelight and crackling fires. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 The classic Spanish preparation makes for a hearty all-in-one meal. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012 Vegan options include a rich beetroot broth infused with orange and dill, tasty bites like green and violet olives with hummus and walnut purée, as well as a satisfying range of farm-fresh and hearty salads. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 On stage, she was accompanied by two pole dancers and a live band that elevated her rich and hearty songs. Eric Diep, Billboard, "Erykah Badu, Miguel & More Bring Back the Spirit of Smokin' Grooves in Long Beach," 17 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Take advantage of the hearty, Lowcountry breakfast and the complimentary wine and cheese served at 5 p.m. every night. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Charleston," 27 Apr. 2018 Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that a mascara this hearty would require a complicated removal process involving multiple rounds of cleanser. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Is the Only True Non-Smudging Mascara I’ve Ever Tried," 27 Aug. 2018 This hearty make-ahead brunch dish is full of the good stuff: bread, cheese, and more cheese. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mushroom and Spinach Bread Pudding," 27 Nov. 2018 Instead, use whole grains such as quinoa to make your crust for a hearty and filling recipe that’s full of fiber (which is what the white buns lack). Fox News, "7 ways to slim down your summer barbecue spread," 31 Aug. 2016 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

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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 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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