[ hahrd ]
/ hɑrd /

adjective, hard·er, hard·est.

adverb, hard·er, hard·est.


Idioms for hard

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)


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.


Definition for hard (2 of 2)

[ 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)

/ (hɑːd) /




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)



/ (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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