The definition of hardy is someone or something robust or showing great strength to make it through harsh conditions, such as the winter cold.adjective
- 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: ME & OFr hardi, pp. of hardir, to make bold < Frank *hardjan, to make hard < *hard-, hard
Origin: prob. hard + -y
- Hardy, Oliver 1892-1957; U.S. film comedian
- Hardy, Thomas 1840-1928; Eng. novelist & poet
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adjective har·di·er, har·di·est
- Being in robust and sturdy good health. See Synonyms at healthy.
- Courageous; intrepid.
- Brazenly daring; audacious.
- Capable of surviving unfavorable conditions, such as cold weather or lack of moisture. Used especially of cultivated plants.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir, make hard, embolden, of Germanic origin; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
- harˈdi·ly adverb
- harˈdi·ness noun
noun pl. har·dies
Origin: Probably from hard.
left to right: cold-cutting and hot-cutting hardy chisel heads
, Oliver 1892-1957.
, Thomas 1840-1928.