- The definition of hardy is someone or something robust or showing great strength to make it through harsh conditions, such as the winter cold.
- 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 amp; 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
- Hardy, Oliver 1892-1957; U.S. film comedian
- Hardy, Thomas 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.