Hardy Har"dy (h[aum]r"d[y^]), a. [Compar. {Hardier} (-d[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Hardiest}.] [F. hardi, p. p. fr. OF. hardir to make bold; of German origin, cf. OHG. hertan to harden, G. h["a]rten. See {Hard}, a.] 1. Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolute; intrepid. [1913 Webster]

Hap helpeth hardy man alway. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless. [1913 Webster]

3. Strong; firm; compact. [1913 Webster]

[A] blast may shake in pieces his hardy fabric. --South. [1913 Webster]

4. Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner. [1913 Webster]

5. Able to withstand the cold of winter. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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