Har"dy (?), a. [Compar. Hardier (?); superl. Hardiest.] [F.hardi, p. p. fr. OF. hardir to make bold; of German origin, cf. OHG. hertan to harden, G. harten. See Hard, a.]

1.

Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolu?e; intrepid.

Hap helpeth hardy man alway. Chaucer.

2.

Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless.

3.

Strong; firm; compact.

[A] blast may shake in pieces his hardy fabric. South.

4.

Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner.

5.

Able to withstand the cold of winter.

⇒ Plants which are hardy in Virginia may perish in New England. Half-hardy plants are those which are able to withstand mild winters or moderate frosts.

 

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Har"dy, n.

A blacksmith's fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.

 

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