Definition of hardy in English:



  • 1Capable of enduring difficult conditions; robust.

    ‘a hardy breed of cattle’
    • ‘Liverpool supporters insist their team will Never Walk Alone and nor will a group of hardy Hartlepool fans next week.’
    • ‘Richards has jokingly suggested that he comes from hardy stock which can withstand things that would kill the average person.’
    • ‘The walkers are a hardy community though and gather by 4 am to do their brisk rounds.’
    • ‘For a start, hardy breeds like Herdwicks don't have as many lambs as their lowland counterparts.’
    • ‘The mountainous region around the small Corsican town of Bastilyica breeds a hardy, proud people.’
    • ‘The traditional cattle are hardy breeds which can cope with the tough upland climate.’
    • ‘He said the usual prognosis for such surgery is normally poor but Might And Power's hardy nature is in his favour.’
    • ‘The infrastructure to combat hardy weather conditions was carefully put into force here.’
    • ‘This breed is hardy and simple grooming will keep its beautiful appearance shown to best advantage.’
    • ‘Stephen proved a little more hardy than his hunky doctor character, who in the TV programme fainted at the sight of his own blood.’
    • ‘Both sides defied the terrible conditions to turn in an entertaining display in front of the hardy few hundred who braved the elements.’
    • ‘Even the hardy Scandinavians on the tour are in woollies and thick socks.’
    • ‘The hazards of life in a border area are many… the land makes its people hardy.’
    • ‘With their diet of oats and their outfits - kilts with no underpants - Scots were once considered a hardy lot.’
    • ‘Everyone seems oblivious to the rain falling from a worryingly thunderous sky, a mere inconvenience to this hardy bunch.’
    • ‘The hallikara is known to be a hardy breed suited to the needs of dry land farming.’
    • ‘The giant peaks of the Grampians attract hardy walkers like magnets, and who can blame them with such magnificent hills to climb?’
    • ‘These most hardy of people have a highly advanced knowledge of their environment.’
    • ‘The famous hardy and sure-footed Basotho ponies can take visitors into areas not accessible by road.’
    • ‘For the 700 or so hardy souls who live here, supplies of food, drink and clothing can, at times, seem unreliable.’
    robust, healthy, fit, strong, sturdy, tough, rugged, hearty, lusty, vigorous, hale and hearty, fit as a fiddle, fighting fit, in fine fettle, in good health, in good condition
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    1. 1.1 (of a plant) able to survive outside during winter.
      ‘a favourite flowering shrub for early spring, vigorous and hardy’
      • ‘Former railway goods yard now garden featuring new woodland garden with many hardy ferns.’
      • ‘It's a good time to plant holly and yew as well as hardy ferns.’
      • ‘Although the tubers themselves are winter hardy, a mulch layer is highly recommended.’
      • ‘If you don't know whether or not your roses are winter hardy, err on the side of caution and protect them.’
      • ‘The fuchsia isn't necessarily hardy but it has survived one winter outside and in a sheltered spot near a house wall it may well cope again.’
      • ‘The timing of growth cessation is an important adaptation to ensure that the tree is hardy for winter.’
      • ‘A gardening neighbor had a small cold frame in which she grew hardy flowers for early and late blooms.’
      • ‘Many summer-flowering lily varieties are quite hardy and can be planted in either fall or spring.’
      • ‘However, there is no time for complacency as the frosts will eventually reach these areas and kill off anything that isn't hardy.’
      • ‘This hardy shrub grows well in shade as well as sun and tolerates almost every soil type.’
      • ‘Non-invasive and hardy, it will grow to 15 feet if fed and watered well.’
      • ‘Those that are not winter hardy are the bulbs that are planted in spring.’
      • ‘If a plant is rated as hardy to zone 2 we know how low a temperature plunge that plant is likely to survive.’
      • ‘Ah, well I'm particularly interested in your range of hardy Geraniums.’
      • ‘The vegetation is certainly hardy, it has to be, and there is the expectation of winter rainfalls.’
      • ‘Most species are so extremely winter hardy and easy to grow that no garden should be without them.’
      • ‘However, some mass marketers have trees and shrubs that are not winter hardy in the area sold.’
      • ‘They are also completely winter hardy and have an excellent ability to survive floods and drought.’
      • ‘Outdoors, sow cold hardy crops like lettuce, spinach, other leafy greens and peas.’
      • ‘Most hardy pond plants need to be lowered to the deep part of the pond to avoid being frozen out.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘bold, daring’): from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir ‘become bold’, of Germanic origin; related to hard.