• (GA) IPA: /ˈhɑɹti/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɑːti/

hearty (comparative heartier, superlative heartiest)

  1. warm and cordial towards another person
    a hearty welcome;  hearty in supporting the government.
    • c. 1603, John Marston, The Malcontent, Act IV, scene I:
      We, full of hearty tears / For our good father's loss
  2. Energetic, active or eager.
  3. Cheerful, vivacious.
    a hearty man
  4. Exhibiting strength; firm
    a hearty handshake;  a hearty timber
  5. Promoting strength; nourishing.
    hearty food
    • 1927-29, Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xiv ↗:
      I launched out in search of a vegetarian restaurant. […] I would trot ten or twelve miles each day, go into a cheap restaurant and eat my fill of bread, but would never be satisfied. During these wanderings I once hit on a vegetarian restaurant in Farringdon Street. The sight of it filled me with the same joy that a child feels on getting a thing after its own heart. Before I entered I noticed books for sale exhibited under a glass window near the door. I saw among them Salt's Plea for Vegetarianism. This I purchased for a shilling and went straight to the dining room. This was my first hearty meal since my arrival in England.
  • sincere; real; unfeigned; undissembled; cordial; earnest; warm; zealous; ardent; eager; active; vigorous.
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hearty (plural hearties)

  1. (obsolete or jocular nautical) a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors.

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