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har·dy 1

 (här′dē)
adj. har·di·er, har·di·est
1. Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust: hardy explorers; hardy perennials.
2.
a. Courageous; intrepid.
b. Archaic Brazenly daring; audacious.

[Middle English, from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir, make hard, embolden, of Germanic origin; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

har′di·ly adv.
har′di·ness n.

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hardy2
left to right: cold-cutting and hot-cutting hardy chisel heads

har·dy 2

 (här′dē)
n. pl. har·dies
A square-shanked chisel that fits into a square hole in an anvil.

[Probably from hard.]

hardy

(ˈhɑːdɪ)
adj, -dier or -diest
1. having or demanding a tough constitution; robust
2. bold; courageous
3. foolhardy; rash
4. (Botany) (of plants) able to live out of doors throughout the winter
[C13: from Old French hardi bold, past participle of hardir to become bold, of Germanic origin; compare Old English hierdan to harden1, Old Norse hertha, Old High German herten]

hardy

(ˈhɑːdɪ)
n, pl -dies
(Tools) any blacksmith's tool made with a square shank so that it can be lodged in a square hole in an anvil
[C19: probably from hard]

Hardy

(ˈhɑːdɪ)
n
1. (Biography) Oliver. See Laurel and Hardy
2. (Biography) Thomas. 1840–1928, British novelist and poet. Most of his novels are set in his native Dorset (part of his fictional Wessex) and include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895), after which his work consisted chiefly of verse
3. (Biography) Sir Thomas Masterman. 1769–1839, British naval officer, flag captain under Nelson (1799–1805): 1st Sea Lord (1830)

har•dy

(ˈhɑr di)

adj. -di•er, -di•est.
1. sturdy; strong: a hardy constitution.
2. (of plants) able to withstand the cold of winter in the open air.
3. requiring great physical courage, vigor, or endurance: hardy sports.
4. courageous: hardy explorers.
5. unduly bold; presumptuous; foolhardy.
[1175–1225; Middle English hardi < Old French, past participle of *hardir to harden, make brave < Germanic; compare Old High German hartjan to harden, Gothic -hardjan]
har′di•ness, n.

Har•dy

(ˈhɑr di)

n.
1. Oliver, 1892–1957, U.S. motion-picture comedian.
2. Thomas, 1840–1928, English novelist and poet.

Hardy

A heavy chisel designed to fit upright in the hardy-hole of an anvil.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hardy - United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)Hardy - United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
Laurel and Hardy - United States slapstick comedy duo who made many films together
2.hardy - English novelist and poet (1840-1928)Hardy - English novelist and poet (1840-1928)
Adj.1.hardy - having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships; "hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young athletes"
robust - sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction; "a robust body"; "a robust perennial"
2.hardy - able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions; "strawberries are hardy and easy to grow"; "camels are tough and hardy creatures"
robust - sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction; "a robust body"; "a robust perennial"
3.hardy - invulnerable to fear or intimidationhardy - invulnerable to fear or intimidation; "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"

hardy

adjective
1. strong, tough, robust, sound, fit, healthy, vigorous, rugged, sturdy, hale, stout, stalwart, hearty, lusty, in fine fettle They grew up to be farmers, round-faced and hardy.
strong soft, weak, delicate, fragile, frail, feeble, sickly, weedy
2. courageous, brave, daring, bold, heroic, manly, gritty, feisty (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), resolute, intrepid, valiant, plucky, valorous, stouthearted A few hardy souls leapt into the encircling seas.
courageous soft, weak, feeble, weedy (informal), faint-hearted, wussy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal)

hardy

adjective
1. Physically toughened so as to have great endurance:
2. Capable of exerting considerable effort or of withstanding considerable stress or hardship:
Translations
جَريء ، شُجاع
otužilý
hårdfør
harîger, harîur
ištvermingumas
izturīgsnorūdīts
otužilý

hardy

[ˈhɑːdɪ] ADJ (hardier (compar) (hardiest (superl))) → fuerte, robusto (Bot) → resistente

hardy

[ˈhɑːrdi] adj
[person, animal] → robuste
[plant] → résistant(e) au gel

hardy

adj (+er)
(= tough, robust) person, animalrobust, zäh; (= hardened)abgehärtet; (Bot) plantwinterhart
(= bold) personunerschrocken

hardy

[ˈhɑːdɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → forte, robusto/a (Bot) → resistente al gelo

hardy

(ˈhaːdi) adjective
tough; strong; able to bear cold, tiredness etc. This plant is very hardy and able to survive even rough winter weather.
ˈhardiness noun
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DAVID HARDY OF Winesburg, Ohio, was the grand- son of Jesse Bentley, the owner of Bentley farms.
Hardy, one of the party who seemed the least ill-natured.
Those hardy flowers had run away from the laundryman's garden, and the grass in the middle of the lot was pink with them.
The hardy colonist, and the trained European who fought at his side, frequently expended months in struggling against the rapids of the streams, or in effecting the rugged passes of the mountains, in quest of an opportunity to exhibit their courage in a more martial conflict.
The circumstances of many were very lamentable: However, being a hardy race of people, and accustomed to difficulties and necessities, they were wonderfully supported through all their sufferings, until the ensuing Fall, when we received abundance from the fertile soil.
Sacred To the Memory of The late Captain Ezekiel Hardy, Who in the bows of his boat was killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan, August 3d, This Tablet Is erected to his Memory by His Widow.
As a general thing, these ship-keepers are as hardy fellows as the men comprising the boats' crews.
In pretty much all of these dreadful stories, ecclesiastics were the hardy heroes, but that didn't worry the chap- lain any, he had his laugh with the rest; more than that, upon invitation he roared out a song which was of as daring a sort as any that was sung that night.
They told him about the song, and when he asked what song it was, they said the memory of it was gone, for nobody had been hardy enough to listen to it for the past four years and more.
He had made up his mind to try a few hardy guesses, in mapping out his theory of the origin and motive of the murder-- guesses designed to fill up gaps in it--guesses which could help if they hit, and would probably do no harm if they didn't.
It abounded in fruits of almost every description, from the hardy apple of the north to the delicate orange of the south.
Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties; and it has been observed in every arrangement connected with the establishment of Lowood: plain fare, simple attire, unsophisticated accommodations, hardy and active habits; such is the order of the day in the house and its inhabitants.