Definition of hardy in English:

hardy

Syllabification: har·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈhärdē
 
/

adjective (hardier, hardiest)

  • 1Robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions.
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    • The traditional cattle are hardy breeds which can cope with the tough upland climate.
    • The infrastructure to combat hardy weather conditions was carefully put into force here.
    • The mountainous region around the small Corsican town of Bastilyica breeds a hardy, proud people.
    Synonyms
    robust, healthy, fit, strong, sturdy, tough, rugged, hearty, lusty, vigorous, hale and hearty, fit as a fiddle, fighting fit, in fine fettle, in good health, in good condition
    dated stalwart
  • 1.1(Of a plant) able to survive outside during winter.
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    • The timing of growth cessation is an important adaptation to ensure that the tree is hardy for winter.
    • This hardy shrub grows well in shade as well as sun and tolerates almost every soil type.
    • Although the tubers themselves are winter hardy, a mulch layer is highly recommended.

Derivatives

hardily

adverb
More example sentences
  • The nuthatch survived unscathed and was witnessed yesterday and today feeding hardily.
  • A few brave swimmers are wading hardily into the Pacific Ocean.
  • Upon reaching him, Brad clapped him on the shoulder hardily.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'bold, daring'): from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir 'become bold', of Germanic origin; related to hard.

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