[ hahr-tee ]
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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.

  1. completely devoted; wholehearted: hearty support.

  2. exuberant; unrestrained: hearty laughter.

  3. violent; forceful: a hearty push; a hearty kick.

  4. physically vigorous; strong and well: hale and hearty.

  5. substantial; abundant; nourishing: a hearty meal.

  6. enjoying or requiring abundant food: a hearty appetite.

  7. (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

Other words from hearty

  • heart·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·heart·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·heart·y, adjective
  • quasi-hearty, adjective
  • su·per·heart·i·ness, noun
  • su·per·heart·y, adjective
  • un·heart·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hearty


/ (ˈhɑːtɪ) /

adjectiveheartier or heartiest
  1. warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour

  2. vigorous and enthusiastic: a hearty slap on the back

  1. sincere and heartfelt: hearty dislike

  2. healthy and strong (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)

  3. substantial and nourishing

  1. a comrade, esp a sailor

  2. a vigorous sporting man: a rugby hearty

Derived forms of hearty

  • heartiness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hearty


see hale and hearty.

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