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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.
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noun, plural heart·ies. Archaic.
  1. a brave or good fellow, especially with reference to a shipmate.
  2. a sailor.
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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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  • London for the stranger has a steady-going, hearty hospitality.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He swept her into his arms, and his lips met hers in a hearty caress.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Mr. Roberts threw back his head and laughed,—a genial, hearty laugh.

  • "I wish no better," said he, with a pringling in the eyes at this hearty greeting.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But somebody must have dealt you some hearty thwacks on the poll, my boy.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for hearty


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
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noun informal
  1. a comrade, esp a sailor
  2. a vigorous sporting mana rugby hearty
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hearty


see hale and hearty.

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