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hardy1

[hahr-dee] /ˈhɑr di/
adjective, hardier, hardiest.
1.
capable of enduring fatigue, hardship, exposure, etc.; sturdy; strong:
hardy explorers of northern Canada.
2.
(of plants) able to withstand the cold of winter in the open air.
3.
requiring great physical courage, vigor, or endurance:
the hardiest sports.
4.
bold or daring; courageous:
hardy soldiers.
5.
unduly bold; presumptuous; foolhardy.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English hardi < Old French, past participle of *hardir to harden, make brave < Germanic; compare Gothic -hardjan, Old High German hartjan to harden
Synonyms
1. vigorous, robust, hale, stout, sound. 4. intrepid, resolute, brave.
Antonyms
1. weak. 4. timid.
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British Dictionary definitions for hardiest

hardy1

/ˈhɑːdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
having or demanding a tough constitution; robust
2.
bold; courageous
3.
foolhardy; rash
4.
(of plants) able to live out of doors throughout the winter
Word Origin
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

hardy2

/ˈhɑːdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
any blacksmith's tool made with a square shank so that it can be lodged in a square hole in an anvil
Word Origin
C19: probably from hard

Hardy

/ˈhɑːdɪ/
noun
1.
Oliver. See Laurel and Hardy
2.
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.
Sir Thomas Masterman. 1769–1839, British naval officer, flag captain under Nelson (1799–1805): 1st Sea Lord (1830)
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Word Origin and History for hardiest
hardy
early 13c., "bold, daring, fearless," from O.Fr. hardi, from pp. of hardir "to harden, be or make bold," from Frankish *hardjan (cf. Goth. gahardjan "make hard"), from W.Gmc. *kharthjan "to make hard." Sense influenced by English hard.
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