1. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the heart; warm; cordial; bold; zealous; sincere; willing; also, energetic; active; eager; as, a hearty welcome; hearty in supporting the government. Full of hearty tears For our good fathers loss. (Marston)
2. Exhibiting strength; sound; healthy; firm; not weak; as, a hearty timber.
3. Promoting strength; nourishing; rich; abundant; as, hearty food; a hearty meal.
hearty, cordial, sincere. Hearty implies honesty and simplicity of feelings and manners; cordial refers to the warmth and liveliness with which the feelings are expressed; sincere implies that this expression corresponds to the real sentiments of the heart. A man should be hearty in his attachment to his friends, cordial in his reception of them to his house, and sincere in his offers to assist them.
Origin: Heartier; Heartiest.