\ 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And casseroles are a particularly convenient way to combine a variety of flavorful ingredients from the different food groups into one delicious, hearty dish. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "40 Healthy Casserole Recipes That Are Perfect for Meal Prep," 6 Jan. 2021 Cheers could barely be heard as the ball dropped, although those present offered a hearty countdown. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "New Year's Eve: Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, many tequila shots were perfect send-off to terrible 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Either way, may this bowl of warming soup — with its hearty winter greens and earthy peas — sustain you through the winter months. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give your new year an auspicious start with a warming soup full of a black-eyed peas and winter greens," 31 Dec. 2020 While crab bisque tends to be a bit spendy with the hearty amounts of crab required, this bisque relies upon the cost-effective and flavorful shrimp to partner up with the crab. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Weeknight-worthy recipe: Crab and Shrimp Coconut Bisque," 31 Dec. 2020 At food banks, families volunteered to pack boxes on weekends, ensuring neighbors would have hearty meals at year’s end. New York Times, "When Needs Are Acute, Going an Extra Mile at the Holidays," 28 Dec. 2020 The holiday season is famous for its cheer, hearty feasts, giving spirit — and waste. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "7 tips for sustainable gift giving during the most wonderful (and wasteful) time of year," 22 Dec. 2020 For some, that means a sweet treat, while others may choose something hearty and savory. Washington Post, "These 6 Christmas breakfast recipes are a gift everyone will love," 22 Dec. 2020 Start with 4 pounds fresh mussels, which will make roughly 8 appetizer-size portions (or a few hearty solo dinners) . Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "My Only Holiday Plan Is Making My Own Mussels in Escabeche," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This hearty and comforting casserole swaps the familiar pasta for cauliflower and a dairy-free sauce that still feels creamy and indulgent. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 This was the heyday of Spring Break and legendary party hearty spots such as the Button, Candy Store, Summers on the Beach and Penrod’s on the Beach. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Wanna feel old? Fort Lauderdale beach’s World Famous Parrot Lounge turns 50.," 12 Nov. 2020 The Southerleigh team scrapped their original plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mon Chou Chou for a single all-day menu of hearty and comforting dishes such as coq a vin and steak frites — literally meat and potatoes. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Dozens of S.A. restaurants opening in 2020. Are owners insane?," 29 Oct. 2020 This old-school European eatery offers a rotating dinner box for two, featuring hearty, homey German specialties. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants and breweries have everything you need to throw your own private Oktoberfest," 16 Oct. 2020 What’s next for Wallen, after his party-hearty time in Tuscaloosa? Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "See Morgan Wallen living it up with fans in Tuscaloosa after Bama game," 5 Oct. 2020 Over two weekends in August, the Union-Tribune watched hundreds of them roaming without masks, especially in the party-hearty section of the College Area neighborhood. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UC San Diego trying to avoid the coronavirus chaos that has upended SDSU," 20 Sep. 2020 That could explain why party-hearty South Florida, both hot and humid, has experienced a serious outbreak. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Beware: Fall and winter could be a friend to COVID-19, experts say," 31 Aug. 2020 These are the ones who refuse to wear masks, hold mass mask burnings, who party hearty, who flaunt the law, who spit on children who are wearing masks. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kudos to the Mighty 67 who have opted out of the NFL season," 8 Aug. 2020

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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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“Hearty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearty. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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heartiness noun

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