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hearty

[hahr-tee] /ˈhɑr ti/
adjective, heartier, heartiest.
1.
warm-hearted; affectionate; cordial; jovial:
a hearty welcome.
2.
genuine; sincere; heartfelt:
hearty approval; hearty dislike.
3.
completely devoted; wholehearted:
hearty support.
4.
exuberant; unrestrained:
hearty laughter.
5.
violent; forceful:
a hearty push; a hearty kick.
6.
physically vigorous; strong and well:
hale and hearty.
7.
substantial; abundant; nourishing:
a hearty meal.
8.
enjoying or requiring abundant food:
a hearty appetite.
9.
(of soil) fertile.
noun, plural hearties. Archaic.
10.
a brave or good fellow, especially with reference to a shipmate.
11.
a sailor.
Origin of hearty
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, hearty is from the Middle English word herti. See heart, -y1
Related forms
heartiness, noun
overheartiness, noun
overhearty, adjective
quasi-hearty, adjective
superheartiness, noun
superhearty, adjective
unhearty, adjective
Can be confused
hardy, hearty.
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  • It was the law of the land, however, which had his heartiest abhorrence.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • And then goes on with her snipping and paring with the heartiest unconcern.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Sir Cæsar began, in his heartiest voice, to show that he bore no malice.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • As it was, he gave him the heartiest and most dutiful of welcomes.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • But I know exactly how they feel, and they have my heartiest sympathy.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • You have my heartiest congratulations for capturing such a wretch.

  • And then he shook the hand of Chavannes with the heartiest and warmest emotion.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • Truly it was a day well fitted to have depressed the heartiest of men.

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British Dictionary definitions for heartiest

hearty

/ˈhɑːtɪ/
adjective heartier, heartiest
1.
warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour
2.
vigorous and enthusiastic: a hearty slap on the back
3.
sincere and heartfelt: hearty dislike
4.
healthy and strong (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
5.
substantial and nourishing
noun (informal)
6.
a comrade, esp a sailor
7.
a vigorous sporting man: a rugby hearty
Derived Forms
heartiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartiest

hearty

adj.

late 14c., "courageous; spirited, zealous;" also "loyal, faithful; sagacious, wise," from heart + -y (2). Related: Heartiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with heartiest

hearty

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