having stern, harsh, or unattractive features.

Origin of hard-featured

First recorded in 1740–50
Related formshard-fea·tured·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for hard-featured

Historical Examples of hard-featured

  • They were hard-featured men, sallow of complexion, rigid in their looks.

  • I looked around the room again, and saw a hard-featured woman.

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • Debby Alden at twenty-five had been scrawny, hard-featured and severe.

  • In the hall, she encountered Willa's maid, a bright-eyed, hard-featured Frenchwoman.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant

  • Also there were several glum, hard-featured Englishwomen and one man.


    Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes