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  ( hardier    comparative)   ( hardiest    superlative  )
1       adj   Plants that are hardy are able to survive cold weather.  
The silver-leaved varieties of cyclamen are not quite as hardy.     
  hardiness      n-uncount  
...the hardiness of other species that have blue flowers.     
2       adj   People and animals that are hardy are strong and able to cope with difficult conditions.  
It should not surprise us that such an environment has produced a hardy and independent people...     
  hardiness      n-uncount  
...the hardiness, endurance, and courage of my companions...     
3       adj   If you describe a group of people as hardy, you mean that they have been very patient or loyal, or have been trying hard to do something in difficult conditions.  
usu ADJ n  
...the ten hardy supporters who had made the trek to Dublin from Riga.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    firm, fit, hale, healthy, hearty, in fine fettle, lusty, robust, rugged, sound, stalwart, stout, strong, sturdy, tough, vigorous  
2    bold, brave, courageous, daring, feisty     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   gritty, heroic, intrepid, manly, plucky, resolute, stouthearted, valiant, valorous  
3    audacious, brazen, foolhardy, headstrong, impudent, rash, reckless  
1    delicate, feeble, fragile, frail, sickly, soft, weak, weedy  
2    faint-hearted, feeble, soft, weak, weedy     (informal)   wimpish or wimpy     (informal)  

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hardly, hard, harpy, harry

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