- tough; stubborn.
- conditioned by battle or struggle: a hard-bitten army.
- grim or severe in judgment or attitude: a hard-bitten old teacher.
- hard-boiled(defs 2, 3).
Origin of hard-bitten
Related Words for hard-bittenadamantine, callous, compact, concentrated, dense, firm, hardened, hardy, impenetrable, indurate, inflexible, iron, packed, rigid, rocky, rugged, set, solid, stiff, stony
Examples from the Web for hard-bitten
Contemporary Examples of hard-bitten
His gift for salty language impressed even the most hard-bitten grunts.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
Hard-bitten conservatives might be relieved, then, to find their misgivings about the president reflected by the left as well.Obama's New Broken Promise
Samuel P. Jacobs
June 26, 2010
Even the most hard-bitten Chicagoans have to see very good times on the horizon.
But even the most hard-bitten Chicagoans have to see very good times on the horizon.
Historical Examples of hard-bitten
In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
The hard-bitten tailor was easy to quarrel with at any time.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Soldiers appeared, hard-bitten, tough, professional Greek soldiers.The Invaders
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.South Sea Tales
He was a fighter, a dominant, hard-bitten woodsman, so the tale ran.Big Timber
Bertrand W. Sinclair
- tough and realistic