Hardy meaning

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Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust.

Hardy explorers; hardy perennials.

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Bold and resolute; daring; courageous.
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Too bold; full of temerity; rash.
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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.

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Able to withstand fatigue, privation, etc.; robust; vigorous.
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Able to survive the winter without special care.
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A chisel with a square shank, used by blacksmiths: it fits into a square hole (hardy hole) in the anvil.
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(born Norvell Hardy) 1892-1957; U.S. film comedian: teamed with Stan Laurel.
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(person) 1840-1928; Eng. novelist & poet.
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Having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships. A hardy plant is one that can withstand the extremes of climate, such as frost.

For example when a pirate says: "Yarr, me hardies", It's the plural and refers to his hardy crew.

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A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.
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A common surname​, originally a nickname for a hardy person.
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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), English novelist and poet.
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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A square-shanked chisel that fits into a square hole in an anvil.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
hardy
Comparative
hardiest
Superlative
hardiest

Origin of hardy

  • Middle English from Old French hardi past participle of hardir make hard, embolden of Germanic origin kar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from hard

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French hardi, past participle of hardir (“harden, make bold”), from Frankish *hardjan. Cognate with hard.

    From Wiktionary