Definition of hearty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärdē/

adjective (heartier, heartiest)

1(Of a person or their behavior) loudly vigorous and cheerful: a hearty and boisterous character he sang in a hearty baritone
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  • He received a few awed stares, many cheerful greetings and a hearty handshake from the leader of the family.
  • Williamson then strode out to a hearty cheer from the British fans.
  • There were no smiles, back slapping or hearty handshakes.
exuberant, jovial, ebullient, cheerful, uninhibited, effusive, lively, loud, animated, vivacious, energetic, spirited, dynamic, enthusiastic, eager;
warm, cordial, friendly, affable, amiable, good natured
1.1(Of a feeling or an opinion) heartfelt: hearty congratulations
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  • We all gave our hearty approval and went out for a good long walk afterward to clear the pipes.
  • His declaration won hearty approval from his peers.
  • And it's not only the name and a love of books that has filtered down through the generations but a hearty love of plants.
wholehearted, heartfelt, sincere, genuine, real, true;
earnest, fervent, ardent, enthusiastic
1.2(Of a person) strong and healthy: a white-bearded but hearty man
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  • A hale and hearty person suddenly loses consciousness and is rushed to the hospital, with his blood pressure and pulse not recordable.
  • A hale and hearty friend was earnestly counting the number of weekends she had left to live - given the average length of years a woman might live.
  • He had been a hale and hearty man, and she watched him as he lost a tremendous amount of weight.
robust, healthy, hardy, fit, flourishing, blooming, fighting fit, fit as a fiddle;
vigorous, sturdy, strong
informal full of vim
2(Of food) wholesome and substantial: a hearty meal cooked over open flames
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  • Bulgarian food was hearty meat and potatoes fare.
  • These go well with Mexican foods, hearty sausages and smoky flavors.
  • Deciding that the offered meal of a hearty beef stew would be a godsend I happily handed over the very last of my money.
substantial, large, ample, sizable, filling, generous, square, solid;
2.1(Of a person’s appetite) robust and healthy: Jim goes for a long walk to work up a hearty appetite for dinner
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  • But you may have to leave it until after your catch has been cooked up for you (try it fried in coconut batter), as you'll find all that sea air gives you a hearty appetite.
  • The menu caters to nibblers and hearty appetites alike..
  • But at some point the hearty appetite begins to look like escapism.


British informal
1A vigorously cheerful and sporty person.
Example sentences
  • Outside, the green wellies were locked in battle with police musclemen as inside the sergeant-at-arms and his band of merry men in ladies' black tights, frock-coats and swords were chasing hearties around the Mace.
  • It should be noted at this stage that - contrary to what the reader might expect - the Carrick hearties were not all in the first flush of youth - some of them were in their 50s, which just goes to show what a spirited place Carrick is.
  • Easiest of all is getting 27 able-bodied hearties to go with him, one of them a stowaway.
2 (usually me hearties) A form of address ascribed to sailors.
Example sentences
  • I wanted to add, ‘there, me hearties,’ but ‘ahoj’ is actually the Czech equivalent of ‘ciao’, rather than a pirate greeting.
  • Submit your answer in the comments below, me hearties.
  • I'd like a pepperoni pizza, me hearties, and you're starting to talk like a pirate.



Pronunciation: /ˈhärdēnis/
Example sentences
  • The post-Duchamp art world has often seemed a little cold, slick, uniform - a place where directness, heartiness, earthy good humour, celebration, anger and pity have little room, where a know-all irony stills the laughter.
  • This country has never really got to grips with cold soups - soup is meant to heat us up, we think, comfort us with its heartiness and warm the cockles of our hearts.
  • Tormaukin is the epitome of the smart country hotel and restaurant, nestling in a valley with the sort of cold, clean, air that burns city-dwelling lungs, inducing an instant feeling of profound heartiness.

Words that rhyme with hearty

Amati, arty, Astarte, castrati, chapatti, clarty, coati, ex parte, Frascati, glitterati, Gujarati, illuminati, karate, Kiribati, lathi, literati, Marathi, obbligati (US obligati), party, tarty

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Syllabification: heart·y

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