Pronunciation: (här'tē), [key]
adj., heart•i•er, heart•i•est,
n., pl. heart•ies.

1. warm-hearted; affectionate; cordial; jovial: a hearty welcome.
2. genuine; sincere; heartfelt: hearty approval; hearty dislike.
3. completely devoted; wholehearted: hearty support.
4. exuberant; unrestrained: hearty laughter.
5. violent; forceful: a hearty push; a hearty kick.
6. physically vigorous; strong and well: hale and hearty.
7. substantial; abundant; nourishing: a hearty meal.
8. enjoying or requiring abundant food: a hearty appetite.
9. (of soil) fertile.

n. Archaic.
1. a brave or good fellow, esp. with reference to a shipmate.
2. a sailor.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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