A few days ago,I found the word "hearty" has a definition of

"with a friendly, noisy, and happy manner that is not sincere" in Longman dictionary

However,the dictionary doesn't give it an example. Also,I hardly find the example of that meaning on Internet.

Thus,can you tell me how to use "hearty" in this definition? If possible, please give me an example.

  • I don't know why the dictionary says it's not sincere. Seems a mistake to me.
    – ralph.m
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 4:09
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the dictionary entry is misleading. Any word can have its opposite meaning when used sarcastically, but the standard definition of "hearty" should always be positive.
    – Andrew
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 4:13
  • @Andrew: A learner being misled by a correctly-used dictionary makes for a perfectly reasonable question here. Errors in seemingly-authoritative material are good fodder for later searchers. Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 4:53
  • Two things to note about the dictionary entry OP links: First, the definition in question is listed fourth, behind the unexceptional 1 happy and friendly and usually loud - a hearty laugh 2 old-fashioned strong and healthy → hale and hearty at hale 3 a hearty meal is very large. Second, it is marked as 'especially British English'.
    – Sydney
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 5:54
  • @ralph.m Um……Have you ever heard the comments from those using Longman dictionary? I'm not sure whether Longman is a highly rated dictionary. Thus, I'm afraid the definition from Longman dictionary is wrong.:(
    – Chang yo
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 12:10

2 Answers 2


It appears to be an error in the Longman dictionary. That definition appears in neither the OED nor Merriam-Webster entries for "hearty". I have never heard the word used in that particular sense, and I can find no evidence of such a definition via web searches.

  • I got you. However, it is first time I realize even English dictionaries also have errors. It is a bit unbelievable.
    – Chang yo
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 9:14

In your link that you sent, there are two examples show how to use the adjective "hearty":

I am in hearty agreement with you, and privately I am quite prepared to subscribe towards it.

We received a hearty welcome.

Some synonyms of hearty in specified meaning can be:

ebullient - cheerful - merry - vivacious

  • Yeah… pardon me,but what I ask is how to use "hearty" when it means"with a friendly, noisy, and happy manner that is not sincere".
    – Chang yo
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 2:01

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