[hahr-dee] /ˈhɑr di/
Godfrey Harold, 1877–1947, English mathematician.
Oliver, 1892–1957, U.S. motion-picture comedian.
Thomas, 1840–1928, English novelist and poet.
British Dictionary definitions for oliver hardy
hardy1 (ˈhɑːdɪ)
adj , -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
[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)
n , pl -dies
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)
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 oliver 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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