hard

[ hahrd ]
/ hɑrd /
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adjective, hard·er, hard·est.

adverb, hard·er, hard·est.

noun

Idioms

Origin of hard

before 900; Middle English; Old English heard; cognate with Dutch hard, German hart, Old Norse harthr, Gothic hardus; akin to Greek kratýs strong, Ionic dial. kártos strength (cf. -cracy)
SYNONYMS FOR hard
3 toilsome, burdensome, wearisome, exhausting. Hard, difficult both describe something resistant to one's efforts or one's endurance. Hard is the general word: hard times; It was hard to endure the severe weather. Difficult means not easy, and particularly denotes that which requires special effort or skill: a difficult task.
5 complex, complicated, perplexing, puzzling, intricate, knotty, tough.
6 arduous, onerous, laborious.
8 stormy, tempestuous.
10 severe, rigorous, grinding, cruel, merciless, unsparing.
12 stern, austere, strict, exacting, relentless, obdurate, adamant; unyielding, unpitying. Hard, callous, unfeeling, unsympathetic imply a lack of interest in, feeling for, or sympathy with others. Hard implies insensibility, either natural or acquired, so that the plight of others makes no impression on one: a hard taskmaster. Callous may mean the same or that one is himself or herself insensitive to hurt as the result of continued repression and indifference: a callous answer; callous to criticism. Unfeeling implies natural inability to feel with and for others: an unfeeling and thoughtless remark. Unsympathetic implies an indifference that precludes pity, compassion, or the like: unsympathetic toward distress.
13 incontrovertible.
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Definition for hard (2 of 2)

hards

[ hahrdz ]
/ hɑrdz /

plural noun

the refuse or coarser parts of flax or hemp, separated in hackling.
Also hurds.

Origin of hards

before 900; Middle English herdes, Old English heordan
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British Dictionary definitions for hard (1 of 2)

hard

/ (hɑːd) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Word Origin for hard

Old English heard; related to Old Norse harthr, Old Frisian herd, Old High German herti, Gothic hardus hard, Greek kratus strong

British Dictionary definitions for hard (2 of 2)

hards

hurds

/ (hɑːdz) /

pl n

coarse fibres and other refuse from flax and hemp

Word Origin for hards

Old English heordan (plural); related to Middle Dutch hēde, Greek keskeon tow
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Word Origin and History for hard

hard


adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with hard

hard


In addition to the idioms beginning with hard

  • hard act to follow
  • hard and fast
  • hard as nails
  • hard bargain
  • hard cash
  • harden one's heart
  • hard feelings
  • hard hat
  • hard hit, be
  • hard line
  • hard liquor
  • hard luck
  • hardly ever
  • hard nut to crack
  • hard of hearing
  • hard on
  • hard on someone's heels
  • hard pressed
  • hard put, be
  • hard row to hoe
  • hard sell
  • hard time
  • hard up
  • hard way, the

also see:

  • between a rock and a hard place
  • cold (hard) cash
  • come down (hard) on
  • die hard
  • drive a (hard) bargain
  • go hard with
  • no hard feelings
  • play hardball
  • play hard to get
  • school of hard knocks
  • tough (hard) row to hoe
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