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a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.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

Nearby words

  1. die to,
  2. die with one's boots on,
  3. die-cast,
  4. die-casting,
  5. die-cutting,
  6. die-off,
  7. dieb. alt.,
  8. dieb. secund.,
  9. dieb. tert.,
  10. dieback

Origin of die-hard

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

Related formsdie-hard·ism, noun

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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a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude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 Formsdie-hardism, noun

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