\ 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 After the second-round match, Toby’s father took them to the Empire Dragon at the mall, inaugurating a custom: a hearty Chinese banquet to celebrate victory. Han Ong, The New Yorker, "Futures," 23 Mar. 2020 Balance out the big flavors from hearty nuts, earthy greens, tart fruits, and other mix-ins with dates, dried apricots, coconut sugar, or a drizzle of honey. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "You Don’t Need a Recipe to Make a Damn Good Smoothie," 22 Mar. 2020 The Rattler Of course the ballpark is serving a hearty sausage plate, but this one will make some noise: The Rattler is made with rattlesnake sausage. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New field, new food: 6 concessions for baseball fans at Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field," 13 Mar. 2020 Newton began making meals for the mushers passing through, and her hearty cooking got the racers’ attention. Popular Science, "This Alaskan town is a crucial stop on the Iditarod—for its pie," 13 Mar. 2020 If a more hearty feast is required, our riff on classic pub-style fish and chips is the recipe to try. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "4 fish fry recipes for Lent without the fryer," 26 Feb. 2020 Benji's Deli in Shorewood, Fox Point About the chili: Benji's Deli serves a hearty chili made with Black Angus ground beef, kidney beans, and a blend of herbs and spices. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 9 spots to get chili in the Milwaukee area — including vegan and vegetarian options," 14 Feb. 2020 End your day with this hearty salad, full of ingredients rich in melatonin to promote restful sleep. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Squash, Pork, and Kale Salad With Cherries," 22 Jan. 2020 With a population of 54, Rachel boasts little more than the Little A’Le’Inn, a restaurant, bar, gift shop and 13-room motel that caters to particularly hearty UFO tourists. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This easy make-ahead breakfast solution is hearty, warm, and flavorful. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? All the Nutritional Facts and Benefits to Know," 21 Feb. 2020 The cheese was plentiful and had a hearty, slightly salty taste. cleveland, "We’ve eaten over 100 frozen pizzas and so far, these are our favorites," 6 Jan. 2020 But a hearty sixteen thousand soldiers took up for the grey. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 There's a hearty, slightly spiced and caramelized poutine — Belgian-style fries mixed with shreddings of beef cheek. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mixtape: Dining Review," 1 Nov. 2019 Its compound of the hearty and the sprightly was an embarrassment. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Bigos is a hearty, meaty Polish soup that should be on your fall/winter recipe roster. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "10 cozy recipes for sweater weather, the season and the state of mind," 10 Oct. 2019 Luckily, keto diet followers don’t have to give up this hearty, belly-warming dish to stick to keto guidelines. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "5 Bean-Free Keto Chili Recipes Pinterest Is Obsessed With," 27 Sep. 2019 Miniature tacos and hearty gyros made without meat? Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Act fast! Komi just cooked up a plant-based pop-up.," 11 Oct. 2019

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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 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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