Definition of hardy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrdi//
    (hardier, hardiest)
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  1. 1strong and able to survive difficult conditions and bad weather a hardy breed of sheep These hardy mountain folk seem to thrive on the cold. A few hardy souls had turned out to watch the hockey game. a very hardy breed of cattle
  2. 2(of a plant) that can live outside through the winter a hardy annual/perennial Parsley is hardy and can be grown outdoors from the spring. These plants are quite hardy, and can withstand a frost.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘bold, daring’): from Old French hardi, past participle of hardir ‘become bold’, of Germanic origin; related to hard.
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