[ hahr-tee ]
/ ˈhɑr ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. heartstrings,
  2. heartthrob,
  3. heartwarming,
  4. heartwood,
  5. heartworm,
  6. heat,
  7. heat barrier,
  8. heat capacity,
  9. heat cramp,
  10. heat cramps

Origin of hearty

First recorded in 1350–1400, hearty is from the Middle English word herti. See heart, -y1

Related forms
Can be confusedhardy hearty

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British Dictionary definitions for hearty


/ (ˈhɑːtɪ) /

adjective heartier or heartiest

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 hearty



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

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Idioms and Phrases with hearty


see hale and hearty.

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