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[hahrd-mouth d, -moutht] /ˈhɑrdˌmaʊðd, -ˌmaʊθt/
of or relating to a horse not sensitive to the pressure of a bit.
stubborn; obstinate; self-willed.
Origin of hardmouthed
First recorded in 1610-20; hard + mouth + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hard-mouthed
Historical Examples
  • No––the horse is hard-mouthed, but I prefer my own saddle and bridle.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • She was hard-mouthed and indignant, which, after all, was but natural.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • He was hard-mouthed and gray-eyed; he seemed the kind of a man to do his job.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • But he was hard-mouthed, and stiff-necked and hell-bent on having his own way about things.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • You would soon spoil him, and make him hard-mouthed, if you jerked the bit about in that fashion.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • This was one of the hard-mouthed type, and wanted a fresh wind and a strong man at the helm.

  • A hard-mouthed animal is a very unpleasant one for a lady to ride, and is apt to degenerate into a runaway.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • I saw the Speaker's face stiffen like the face of a helmsman as he humours a hard-mouthed yacht after a sudden following sea.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • All the strain that Alaric could bring to bear on the reins did not serve to check the headlong speed of the hard-mouthed ponies.

  • People in the West never ride the hard-mouthed little Western ponies, without thick leather gauntlets.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge Margaret Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for hard-mouthed


(of a horse) not responding satisfactorily to a pull on the bit
stubborn; obstinate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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