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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a hearty breakfastwritten (= big)
▪ The price includes a hearty breakfast.
a hearty handshake (=friendly and firm)
▪ The wedding guests exchanged jokes and hearty handshakes.
a hearty laugh (=a loud laugh that shows you really enjoyed something)
▪ With a hearty laugh, he began to tell the story.
a hearty welcome (=a happy and sincere welcome)
▪ The owner offers a hearty welcome to guests.
▪ My flesh crept as he unleashed a hearty laugh and motioned me towards the chair.
▪ He has a hearty laugh that takes a long time to end once it begins.
▪ Hearty laughter is also good exercise: one hundred hearty laughs is equal to ten minutes of rowing.
▪ She enjoys the cooking and it shows in her wholesome and hearty meals.
▪ They both told funny stories, and Aunt Sarah cooked hearty meals.
▪ Catesby looked furious whilst Doctor Agrippa, eyes closed, arms folded, sat like some benevolent friar after a hearty meal.
hale and hearty
▪ Horszowski, still hale and hearty at 98, will give a piano recital on May 28.
▪ But by the sound of it your brothers are a hale and hearty pair.
▪ But even should he reappear tomorrow looking hale and hearty, his long absence will have cast a shadow over his position.
▪ Unlike Eb, Josh had come back from the war in one piece, hale and hearty.
▪ a hearty split-pea soup
▪ Garofalo has a hearty, deep voice.
▪ We received a hearty welcome.
▪ A hearty soup for a cold fall or winter supper always seems like the right ticket.
▪ But the delicious food had been too delicate for their hearty taste.
▪ I am in hearty agreement with you, and privately I am quite prepared to subscribe towards it.
▪ Perhaps it is because of a hearty dislike of chauvinism and exaggerated nationalism that I have not become an intense patriot.
▪ We hike back to camp and begin preparing a hearty dinner, when up rides a lone horseman.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hearty \Heart"y\, n.; pl. Hearties (h[aum]rt"[i^]z). Comrade; boon companion; good fellow; -- a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors.


Hearty \Heart"y\ (h[aum]rt"[y^]), a. [Compar. Heartier (h[aum]rt"[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Heartiest.]

  1. 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.

    Full of hearty tears For our good father's loss.

  2. Exhibiting strength; sound; healthy; firm; not weak; as, a hearty man; hearty timber.

  3. Promoting strength; nourishing; rich; abundant; as, hearty food; a hearty meal.

    Syn: Sincere; real; unfeigned; undissembled; cordial; earnest; warm; zealous; ardent; eager; active; vigorous.

    Usage: Hearty, Cordial, Sincere. Hearty implies honesty and simplicity of feelings and manners; cordial refers to the warmth and liveliness with which the feelings are expressed; sincere implies that this expression corresponds to the real sentiments of the heart. A man should be hearty in his attachment to his friends, cordial in his reception of them to his house, and sincere in his offers to assist them.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "courageous; spirited, zealous;" also "loyal, faithful; sagacious, wise," from heart + -y (2). Related: Heartiness.


a. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the heart; warm; cordial; bold; zealous; sincere; willing; also, energetic; active; eager. n. (context obsolete or jocular nautical English) a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors.

  1. adj. showing warm and heartfelt friendliness; "gave us a cordial reception"; "a hearty welcome" [syn: cordial]

  2. providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast" [syn: satisfying, solid, substantial]

  3. endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health; "a hearty glow of health" [syn: full-blooded, lusty, red-blooded]

  4. consuming abundantly and with gusto; "a hearty (or healthy) appetite"

  5. without reservation; "hearty support"

  6. [also: heartiest, heartier]

Usage examples of "hearty".

His requests for specific equipment were met with a chorus of ready responses, the combined harshness of half a dozen Niyyuuan voices all attempting to answer at once leaving him wishing that his first ingredient was a hearty dose of acetylsalicylic acid.

The vines of the clematis tangutica climbed the trellis and the foxglove and aconitum looked hearty and healthy.

But in late June, just as the project was nearly finished, a Quincy neighbor on his way through Philadelphia stopped to pay his respects and revealed the whole secret to Adams, who, Abigail was happy to report, responded with a hearty laugh.

I immediately dispatched a messenger, riding at full tilt, conveying to Zeno my hearty thanks and my auths of loyalty, and asking him to send legionaries to relieve me of my stewardship of Singidunum.

Hall, Foxholes, Bearwood, the Vicarage of Mosely, and their outlying acquaintances, their yeomen and their labourers, lived as old-fashioned and hearty a life as if the battle of Sedgemoor had never been fought.

Lord George Bentinck would kindly consent to be the organ of the party on the occasion, and state their view to the House, the cheering was very hearty.

For disorder and confusion never kept Celestina awake nights or prevented her from partaking of three hearty meals a day as it would have Abbie Brewster or Deborah Howland.

As all kneeled by one consent, a more touching and hearty Te Deum never ascended to heaven, though borne on the peal of organ, bell and cannon, than came from that honest old heart.

Behind them Egmont and Orange had the hearty support of the patriotic and well educated native nobility.

That bluff and hearty warrior, Lord Eryon, was all for putting about for Komar.

Jaikie and Dougal sat in the kitchen, staying a hearty hunger with farles of oatcake and new-baked scones, and a healthier thirst with immense cups of strong-brewed tea.

It was quite necessary that the man should be hale and hearty, for it was his business to grapple with the Fijian Cerberus in the other world, while his majesty slipped past into the abode of bliss.

No matter that it is the dead of winter when salad chills us to the marrow and we should be eating preserved meats and hearty roots, garbures, and cassoulets.

The leader of the Venusian expedition had a much heartier handclasp than Tal was accustomed to receiving.

While she set the children to drinking milk, Council got out his lantern and went out to the barn to help the stranger about his team, where his loud, hearty voice could be heard as it came and went between the haymow and the stalls.