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[hahrd-fee-cherd] /ˈhɑrdˈfi tʃərd/
having stern, harsh, or unattractive features.
Origin of hard-featured
First recorded in 1740-50
Related forms
hard-featuredness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were hard-featured men, sallow of complexion, rigid in their looks.

  • I looked around the room again, and saw a hard-featured woman.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • Debby Alden at twenty-five had been scrawny, hard-featured and severe.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • In the hall, she encountered Willa's maid, a bright-eyed, hard-featured Frenchwoman.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
  • Also there were several glum, hard-featured Englishwomen and one man.


    Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • Tomlinson, the hard-featured, was long suffering and patient.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • The hard-featured man was, after all, not so hard-hearted as she had thought him at first.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • Tall and angular, and hard-featured—what business had I with such a name?

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • In her best days Vrouw Starreberg was a hard-featured, ugly woman.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • I lived with a hard-featured woman who called herself my aunt.

    Ahead of the Show

    Fred Thorpe

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