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hardy1

[hahr-dee]
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adjective, har·di·er, har·di·est.
  1. capable of enduring fatigue, hardship, exposure, etc.; sturdy; strong: hardy explorers of northern Canada.
  2. (of plants) able to withstand the cold of winter in the open air.
  3. requiring great physical courage, vigor, or endurance: the hardiest sports.
  4. bold or daring; courageous: hardy soldiers.
  5. unduly bold; presumptuous; foolhardy.
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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
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1. vigorous, robust, hale, stout, sound. 4. intrepid, resolute, brave.

Antonyms

1. weak. 4. timid.

hardy2

[hahr-dee]
noun, plural har·dies.
  1. a chisel or fuller with a square shank for insertion into a square hole (hardy hole) in a blacksmith's anvil.
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Origin of hardy2

First recorded in 1865–70; hard + -y2

Hardy

[hahr-dee]
noun
  1. Godfrey Harold,1877–1947, English mathematician.
  2. Oliver,1892–1957, U.S. motion-picture comedian.
  3. Thomas,1840–1928, English novelist and poet.
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Examples from the Web for hardy

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  • Then followed some of the second class, Stevenson, Meredith, Hardy.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Hardy was leaving just at the same time, and so they went out together.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Williams and Lawson had, as Hardy predicted, been a source of great annoyance to George.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • To decide the question, I read two books; one agrees with you, and the other with Hardy.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • It was kind of Mrs. Hardy to shew this interest, and Mrs. Weston esteemed her for it.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder


British Dictionary definitions for hardy

hardy1

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. having or demanding a tough constitution; robust
  2. bold; courageous
  3. foolhardy; rash
  4. (of plants) able to live out of doors throughout the winter
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French hardi bold, past participle of hardir to become bold, of Germanic origin; compare Old English hierdan to harden 1, Old Norse hertha, Old High German herten

hardy2

noun plural -dies
  1. any blacksmith's tool made with a square shank so that it can be lodged in a square hole in an anvil
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Word Origin

C19: probably from hard

Hardy

noun
  1. Oliver. See Laurel and Hardy
  2. 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
  3. 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 hardy

adj.

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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