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[hahr-tee] /ˈhɑr ti/
adjective, heartier, heartiest.
warm-hearted; affectionate; cordial; jovial:
a hearty welcome.
genuine; sincere; heartfelt:
hearty approval; hearty dislike.
completely devoted; wholehearted:
hearty support.
exuberant; unrestrained:
hearty laughter.
violent; forceful:
a hearty push; a hearty kick.
physically vigorous; strong and well:
hale and hearty.
substantial; abundant; nourishing:
a hearty meal.
enjoying or requiring abundant food:
a hearty appetite.
(of soil) fertile.
noun, plural hearties. Archaic.
a brave or good fellow, especially with reference to a shipmate.
a sailor.
Origin of hearty
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for heartiness
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  • But, though the heartiness of this avowal was grateful to him, he could not repress his surprise at it.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • Margery thanked him fervently; there was a heartiness in his tone which was not often audible.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • “This is a great pleasure, Admiral,” he exclaimed with heartiness.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
  • He said it with heartiness and apparent sincerity, but Sears was skeptical.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • So she shook hands with them all with heartiness, and asked them to drive out and bring their womenkind.

    A Mountain Woman and Others (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
  • Lisle was quite confused by the heartiness of their reception.

  • The heartiness and kindness with which this generous man treated me can never be excelled.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • Clifford came soon after; he bowed slightly when I bowed to him, but his heartiness was gone.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • Many a time I have spoken with him at Hendry's gate, and felt the better of his heartiness.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • The familiarity was seldom rebuked, for his heartiness was contagious.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
British Dictionary definitions for heartiness


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



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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