Definitions

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  • n. The state of being hardy, especially (of a plant) of being resistant to cold or other environmental conditions.
  • n. hardihood; boldness; firmness; assurance
  • n. hardship; fatigue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Capability of endurance.
  • n. Hardihood; boldness; firmness; assurance.
  • n. Hardship; fatigue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Capability of endurance; physical vigor.
  • n. Hardihood; audacity; effrontery.
  • n. Hardness.
  • n. Hardship; suffering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being strong and healthy in constitution
  • n. the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger

Etymologies

hardy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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  • "Fair sir, said he, it is the Castle of Maidens. That is a cursed castle, said Galahad, and all they that be conversant therein, for all pity is out thereof, and all hardiness and mischief is therein."
    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 8, 2009