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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Expressed warmly, exuberantly, and unrestrainedly.
  • adjective Complete or thorough; unequivocal.
  • adjective Vigorous; robust.
  • adjective Enjoying or requiring much food.
  • adjective Providing abundant nourishment; substantial.
  • noun A good fellow; a comrade.
  • noun A sailor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Influenced by or proceeding from the heart; heartfelt; sincere; zealous: as, to be hearty in support of a project; a hearty welcome; a hearty laugh.
  • Full of health; exhibiting strength; sound; strong; healthy: as, a hearty man.
  • Adapted for, affording, using, or requiring strong or abundant nourishment: as, hearty food; a hearty dinner; a hearty eater or appetite.
  • Bold; courageous.
  • Synonyms Hearty, Cordial, Sincere; real, unfeigned, unaffected, heartfelt, earnest, ardent, eager. Hearty means having the heart in a thing, warmly interested in favor of something, and acting so as to show this feeling; proceeding straight from the heart, and manifested outwardly. Cordial is rather applied to feelings cherished or felt in the heart, heartfelt, or the outward expression of such feelings: as, cordial love; cordial hatred; cordial desires. Sincere means devoid of deceit or pretense, implying that the sentiments and the outward expression of them are in consonance.
  • Active, vigorous, robust, hale.
  • noun A seaman's familiar form of address: as, come here, my hearties.

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

  • noun Comrade; boon companion; good fellow; -- a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the heart; warm; cordial; bold; zealous; sincere; willing; also, energetic; active; eager
  • adjective Exhibiting strength; sound; healthy; firm; not weak.
  • adjective Promoting strength; nourishing; rich; abundant

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the heart; warm; cordial; bold; zealous; sincere; willing; also, energetic; active; eager; as, a hearty welcome; hearty in supporting the government.
  • adjective Exhibiting strength; sound; healthy; firm; not weak; as, a hearty timber.
  • adjective Promoting strength; nourishing; rich; abundant; as, hearty food; a hearty meal.
  • noun obsolete : Comrade; boon companion; good fellow; -- a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors. Dickens.

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

  • adjective showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
  • adjective consuming abundantly and with gusto
  • adjective without reservation
  • adjective providing abundant nourishment
  • adjective endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health

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