Har·dy a. [Compar. Hardier superl. Hardiest.]
1. Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolute; intrepid.
Hap helpeth hardy man alway. --Chaucer.
2. Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless.
3. Strong; firm; compact.
[A] blast may shake in pieces his hardy fabric. --South.
4. Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner.
5. Able to withstand the cold of winter.
Note: ☞ Plants which are hardy in Virginia may perish in New England. Half-hardy plants are those which are able to withstand mild winters or moderate frosts.
Har·dy, n. A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.
adj 1: 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" [syn: stalwart, stout, sturdy]
2: resolute and without fear [syn: doughty, fearless]
3: able to survive under unfavorable conditions; "strawberries
are hardy and easy to grow"; "camels are tough and hardy
n 1: United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and
overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made
many films (1892-1957) [syn: Oliver Hardy]
2: English novelist and poet (1840-1928) [syn: Thomas Hardy]
[also: hardiest, hardier]