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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in robust and sturdy good health. See Synonyms at healthy.
  • adj. Courageous; intrepid.
  • adj. Brazenly daring; audacious.
  • adj. Capable of surviving unfavorable conditions, such as cold weather or lack of moisture. Used especially of cultivated plants.
  • n. A square-shanked chisel that fits into a square hole in an anvil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships. A hardy plant is one that can withstand the extremes of climate, such as frost.
  • n. A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolute; intrepid.
  • adj. Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless.
  • adj. Strong; firm; compact.
  • adj. Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance
  • adj. Able to withstand the cold of winter.
  • n. A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bold; intrepid; daring; confident; audacious.
  • Requiring or imparting courage, vigor, and endurance; that must be done boldly or energetically: as, a hardy exploit; hardy occupations.
  • Strong; enduring; capable of resisting fatigue, hardship, or exposure: as, a hardy peasant; a hardy plant.
  • Synonyms Stout-hearted, courageous, valiant, daring. See note under hardihood.
  • Hale, robust, sturdy, tough.
  • To become hardy, daring, or audacious.
  • n. In blacksmithing, a chisel or fuller having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil.

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

  • adj. able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions
  • adj. having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
  • adj. invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  • n. United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
  • n. English novelist and poet (1840-1928)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir, make hard, embolden, of Germanic origin; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
Probably from hard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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