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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hearty in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Equivalent to heart +‎ -y.



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
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      […] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well.
  2. energetic, active or eager
  3. Exhibiting strength; firm
    a hearty handshake;  a hearty timber
  4. Promoting strength; nourishing.
    hearty food;  a hearty meal


  • sincere; real; unfeigned; undissembled; cordial; earnest; warm; zealous; ardent; eager; active; vigorous.

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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.”