- 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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Examples from the Web for hardiest
The wind and the dust in this climate can undo even the hardiest things.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
But to paddle back against the swift-rolling tide would try the muscles of the hardiest men.
It is too monstrous for any but the hardiest to discover its ice-protected secrets.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
It is one of the hardiest and most productive of all varieties.
It is the earliest, hardiest, and most productive of all varieties.
It seems to have been considered the hardiest of all flowers.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
- 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 hardiest
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.