Definition of hardy in English:



  • 1Robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions.

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


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