adjective, heart·i·er, heart·i·est.

noun, plural heart·ies. 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 formsheart·i·ness, nouno·ver·heart·i·ness, nouno·ver·heart·y, adjectivequa·si-heart·y, adjectivesu·per·heart·i·ness, nounsu·per·heart·y, adjectiveun·heart·y, adjective
Can be confusedhardy hearty
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Examples from the Web for heartiest

Contemporary Examples of heartiest

Historical Examples of heartiest

  • 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.

  • But I know exactly how they feel, and they have my heartiest sympathy.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for heartiest


adjective heartier or heartiest

warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour
vigorous and enthusiastica hearty slap on the back
sincere and heartfelthearty dislike
healthy and strong (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
substantial and nourishing

noun informal

a comrade, esp a sailor
a vigorous sporting mana rugby hearty
Derived Formsheartiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartiest



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with heartiest


see hale and hearty.

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