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adjective, heart·i·er, heart·i·est.
  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 heart·ies. Archaic.
  1. a brave or good fellow, especially with reference to a shipmate.
  2. 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 heartiness

Historical Examples of heartiness

  • The wine was brought, and the captain filled the glasses with a seaman's heartiness.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He did not answer immediately, but, when he did, it was with heartiness.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He said it with heartiness and apparent sincerity, but Sears was skeptical.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • There was no mistaking the heartiness of the hand grasp that caught his.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • But at the moment he was all heartiness and good-fellowship.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for heartiness


adjective heartier or heartiest
  1. warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour
  2. vigorous and enthusiastica hearty slap on the back
  3. sincere and heartfelthearty dislike
  4. healthy and strong (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
  5. substantial and nourishing
noun informal
  1. a comrade, esp a sailor
  2. a vigorous sporting mana rugby hearty
Derived Formsheartiness, 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

Idioms and Phrases with heartiness


see hale and hearty.

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