- 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
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- a chisel or fuller with a square shank for insertion into a square hole (hardy hole) in a blacksmith's anvil.
Origin of hardy2
- Godfrey Harold,1877–1947, English mathematician.
- Oliver,1892–1957, U.S. motion-picture comedian.
- Thomas,1840–1928, English novelist and poet.
Examples from the Web for hardy
Two other victims besides Jones and Hardy have been identified.
The family then fell on hard times, and Hardy moved to live with relatives in the Chicago area.
Vann is said to have told cops that he had begun to fight with Hardy in the course of sex.
Hardy had started life in Illinois and then had moved to Colorado with her family.
Hardy was given a 60-day suspended sentence and put on probation for 18 months.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
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Then followed some of the second class, Stevenson, Meredith, Hardy.Ballads of a Bohemian
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Hardy was leaving just at the same time, and so they went out together.
Williams and Lawson had, as Hardy predicted, been a source of great annoyance to George.
To decide the question, I read two books; one agrees with you, and the other with Hardy.
It was kind of Mrs. Hardy to shew this interest, and Mrs. Weston esteemed her for it.
- having or demanding a tough constitution; robust
- bold; courageous
- foolhardy; rash
- (of plants) able to live out of doors throughout the winter
- any blacksmith's tool made with a square shank so that it can be lodged in a square hole in an anvil
- 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)
Word Origin and History for hardy
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.