or die·hard

[ dahy-hahrd ]
/ ˈdaɪˌhɑrd /


a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.


resisting vigorously and stubbornly to the last; stubborn.

Origin of die-hard

First recorded in 1835–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase die hard

Related forms

die-hard·ism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for die-hard

British Dictionary definitions for die-hard



a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude
(modifier) obstinately resistant to change

Derived Forms

die-hardism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012