What does hardy mean?

Definitions for hardy
ˈhɑr dihardy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hardy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hardy, Oliver Hardynoun

    United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)

  2. Hardy, Thomas Hardyadjective

    English novelist and poet (1840-1928)

  3. hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdyadjective

    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships

    "hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young athletes"

  4. hardyadjective

    able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions

    "strawberries are hardy and easy to grow"; "camels are tough and hardy creatures"

  5. audacious, brave, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, unfearingadjective

    invulnerable to fear or intimidation

    "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers"


  1. hardynoun

    A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.

  2. hardyadjective

    Having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships. A hardy plant is one that can withstand the extremes of climate, such as frost.

    For example when a pirate says: "Yarr, me hardies", It's the plural and refers to his hardy crew.

  3. Hardynoun

    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), English novelist and poet.

  4. Hardynoun

    transferred from the surname.

  5. Hardynoun

    A common surname, originally a nickname for a hardy person.

  6. Hardynoun

    Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet.

  7. Hardynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HARDYadjective

    Etymology: hardi, French.

    Try the imagination of some in cock-fights, to make one cock more hardy, and the other more cowardly. Francis Bacon.

    The feats of Amazons, the fatal fight
    Betwixt the hardy queen and hero knight. John Dryden, Fables.

    Who is there hardy enough to contend with the reproach which is prepared for those, who dare venture to dissent from the received opinions of their country? John Locke.

    Could thirst of vengeance, and desire of fame,
    Excite the female breast with martial flame?
    And shall not love’s diviner pow’r inspire
    More hardy virtue, and more gen’rous fire? Matthew Prior.

    Is a man confident of his present strength? An unwholsome blast may shake in pieces his hardy fabrick. South.


  1. hardy

    Hardy generally refers to someone or something that is strong, robust, and capable of enduring difficult conditions. It may pertain to people who are tough and resistant to disease, fatigue, or hardship. It can also describe plants or animals that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, or inanimate objects that are durable or sturdy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hardyadjective

    bold; brave; stout; daring; resolu?e; intrepid

  2. Hardyadjective

    confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless

  3. Hardyadjective

    strong; firm; compact

  4. Hardyadjective

    inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner

  5. Hardyadjective

    able to withstand the cold of winter

  6. Hardynoun

    a blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole

  7. Etymology: [F. hardi, p. p. fr. OF. hardir to make bold; of German origin, cf. OHG. hertan to harden, G. hrten. See Hard, a.]


  1. Hardy

    Hardy is a city in Sharp and Fulton counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 772 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hardy

    härd′i, adj. daring, brave, resolute: confident: impudent: able to bear cold, exposure, or fatigue.—ns. Hard′ihood, Hard′iness, Hard′iment (arch.).—adv. Hard′ily. [O. Fr. hardi—Old High Ger. hartjan, to make hard.]

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  1. Hardy

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HARDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hardy is ranked #399 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hardy surname appeared 80,252 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 27 would have the surname Hardy.

    61.4% or 49,331 total occurrences were White.
    32.3% or 25,953 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 1,822 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 1,782 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 963 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 401 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. hydra

  2. Hydra

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hardy in a Sentence

  1. Danny DeVito:

    You have to give people permission to laugh. That's why they would always cut to the banana peel in the Laurel and Hardy movies.

  2. John Prine:

    When I was a boy, my family used to watch a lot of Laurel and Hardy.

  3. Mickey Rooney:

    There was, in fact, a standard studio recipe. Take one young actress, pluck her eyebrows, cap her teeth, shape her hairline, pad as required and throw her into the ring with Andy Hardy. Then wait and see. If the public responded, the starlet became a star.

  4. John Milton:

    But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

  5. Kathrin Boerner:

    In our studies, 60% of those 95 years and above are living in the community. They are not necessarily healthy but they are a hardy people.

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