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Equivalent to heart +‎ -y.



hearty (comparative heartier, superlative heartiest)

  1. Warm and cordial towards another person.
    Synonyms: sincere, real, unfeigned, undissembled, earnest; see also Thesaurus:affectionate
    a hearty welcome; hearty in supporting the government.
  2. Energetic, active or eager.
    Synonyms: ardent, vigorous, zealous; see also Thesaurus:active, Thesaurus:enthusiastic
    a hearty appetite
  3. Cheerful, vivacious.
    Synonyms: ebullient, joyful; see also Thesaurus:happy
    a hearty fellow
  4. Exhibiting strength; firm
    Synonyms: hale, hardy, robust, stalwart
    a hearty handshake; a hearty timber
  5. Promoting strength; nourishing.
    Synonym: substantial
    hearty food
    • 1927-29, M.K. 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.

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hearty (plural hearties)

  1. (obsolete or humorous, nautical) a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors.
    • 1849, Herman Melville, chapter VI, in Redburn. His First Voyage:
      “Ay, ay,” muttered the chief mate, as they rolled out of then-boats and swaggered on deck, “it’s your turn now, but it will be mine before long. Yaw about while you may, my hearties, I’ll do the yawing after the anchor’s up.”