- An example of someone who would be described as hardy is a tough and strong farmer.
- An example of something that would be described as hardy is a plant that survives even after a frost.
- bold and resolute; daring; courageous
- too bold; full of temerity; rash
- able to withstand fatigue, privation, etc.; robust; vigorous
- able to survive the winter without special care: said of plants
Origin of hardyMiddle English and Old French hardi, past participle of hardir, to make bold from Frankish an unverified form hardjan, to make hard from an unverified form hard-, hard
Origin of hardyprobably hard + -y
- (born Norvell Hardy) 1892-1957; U.S. film comedian: teamed with Stan Laurel
- 1840-1928; Eng. novelist & poet
- Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust: hardy explorers; hardy perennials.
- a. Courageous; intrepid.b. Archaic Brazenly daring; audacious.
Origin of hardyMiddle English from Old French hardi past participle of hardir make hard, embolden of Germanic origin ; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of hardyProbably from hard
left to right: cold-cutting and hot-cutting hardy chisel heads
(comparative hardier, superlative hardiest)
- A common surname, originally a nickname for a hardy person.
- Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), English novelist and poet.
- A male given name transferred from the surname.