from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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


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hardy +‎ -ness


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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