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[hahrd-wur-king] /ˈhɑrdˈwɜr kɪŋ/
industrious; zealous:
a hardworking family man.
Origin of hardworking
First recorded in 1765-75; hard + working Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His father was a hard-working labourer of the parish of St. Austell, in Cornwall.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • A hard-working little chap, his days were filled with sharp suspense.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Doubtless, however, he considered her strong and hard-working.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • I want to have from yourself what like the people are,—are they as hard-working, are they as 'cute as our own?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • He, this man who had robbed me of my hard-working, purposeful existence.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for hard-working


(of a person) industrious; diligent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hard-working

also hardworking, 1774, from hard + working (see work).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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