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[hahr-dee] /ˈhɑr di/
adjective, hardier, hardiest.
capable of enduring fatigue, hardship, exposure, etc.; sturdy; strong:
hardy explorers of northern Canada.
(of plants) able to withstand the cold of winter in the open air.
requiring great physical courage, vigor, or endurance:
the hardiest sports.
bold or daring; courageous:
hardy soldiers.
unduly bold; presumptuous; foolhardy.
Origin of hardy1
1175-1225; Middle English hardi < Old French, past participle of *hardir to harden, make brave < Germanic; compare Gothic -hardjan, Old High German hartjan to harden
Can be confused
hardy, hearty.
1. vigorous, robust, hale, stout, sound. 4. intrepid, resolute, brave.
1. weak. 4. timid. Unabridged
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  • Almost a reproduction of its parent except that it is hardier.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • All which was for the sake of the commonwealth, that his body might be the hardier for the war.

  • It is hardier than others of the class, and bears a profusion of blush and rose-colored flowers.

    Parsons on the Rose Samuel Browne Parsons
  • If he had passed the summer at the White Mountains he could not have looked any hardier.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Cherries on Mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on Mazzard stocks.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • One might search the world over, and not find a hardier band.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They are larger and hardier than the Musimon and not so easily tamed.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • The hardier and braver the victim, the better the Indians always liked it.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio Joseph A. Altsheler
  • About these hardier stems twine the hospital, the cemetery, the madhouse, the morgue.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Kaffirs are healthier, hardier, more irresponsibly, happily brutal.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
British Dictionary definitions for hardier


adjective -dier, -diest
having or demanding a tough constitution; robust
bold; courageous
foolhardy; rash
(of plants) able to live out of doors throughout the winter
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hardi bold, past participle of hardir to become bold, of Germanic origin; compare Old English hierdan to harden1, Old Norse hertha, Old High German herten


noun (pl) -dies
any blacksmith's tool made with a square shank so that it can be lodged in a square hole in an anvil
Word Origin
C19: probably from hard


Oliver. See Laurel and Hardy
Thomas. 1840–1928, British novelist and poet. Most of his novels are set in his native Dorset (part of his fictional Wessex) and include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895), after which his work consisted chiefly of verse
Sir Thomas Masterman. 1769–1839, British naval officer, flag captain under Nelson (1799–1805): 1st Sea Lord (1830)
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Word Origin and History for hardier



c.1200, "bold, daring, fearless," from Old French hardi, from past participle of hardir "to harden, be or make bold," from Frankish *hardjan, from Proto-Germanic *hardjan "to make hard" (cf. Old Frisian herda, Old High German herten, Old Norse herða, Gothic gahardjan "make hard;" see hard). Sense influenced by English hard. Related: Hardily; hardiness. Hardhede "physical hardiness" is attested from early 15c.

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