Heart·y a. [Compar. Heartier superl. Heartiest.]
1. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the heart; warm; cordial; bold; zealous; sincere; willing; also, energetic; active; eager; as, a hearty welcome; hearty in supporting the government.
Full of hearty tears
For our good father's loss. --Marston.
2. Exhibiting strength; sound; healthy; firm; not weak; as, a hearty man; hearty timber.
3. Promoting strength; nourishing; rich; abundant; as, hearty food; a hearty meal.
Syn: -- Sincere; real; unfeigned; undissembled; cordial; earnest; warm; zealous; ardent; eager; active; vigorous.
Usage: -- Hearty, Cordial, Sincere. Hearty implies honesty and simplicity of feelings and manners; cordial refers to the warmth and liveliness with which the feelings are expressed; sincere implies that this expression corresponds to the real sentiments of the heart. A man should be hearty in his attachment to his friends, cordial in his reception of them to his house, and sincere in his offers to assist them.
adj 1: showing warm and heartfelt friendliness; "gave us a cordial
reception"; "a hearty welcome" [syn: cordial]
2: providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid
food"; "ate a substantial breakfast" [syn: satisfying, solid,
3: endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health; "a
hearty glow of health" [syn: full-blooded, lusty, red-blooded]
4: consuming abundantly and with gusto; "a hearty (or healthy)
5: without reservation; "hearty support"
[also: heartiest, heartier]