adj. heart·i·er, heart·i·est
1. Expressed warmly, exuberantly, and unrestrainedly: a hearty welcome.
2. Complete or thorough; unequivocal: hearty support.
3. Vigorous; robust: a hearty glow of health.
a. Enjoying or requiring much food: a hearty appetite.
b. Providing abundant nourishment; substantial: a hearty meal.
n. pl. heart·ies
1. A good fellow; a comrade.
2. A sailor.
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