hard copy


copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
copy that is finished and ready for the printer.

Nearby words

  1. hard chancre,
  2. hard cheese,
  3. hard cider,
  4. hard clam,
  5. hard coal,
  6. hard core,
  7. hard corn,
  8. hard court,
  9. hard currency,
  10. hard dinkum

Origin of hard copy

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

Related formshard-cop·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hard copy

hard copy


computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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