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hardworking

[hahrd-wur-king]
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adjective
  1. industrious; zealous: a hardworking family man.
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Origin of hardworking

First recorded in 1765–75; hard + working
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Related Words for hard-working

diligent, earnest, scrupulous, conscientious, assiduous, strenuous, exacting, careful, industrious, bookish, thoughtful, contemplative, reflective, vigorous, energetic, steadfast, indefatigable, resolute, enthusiastic, unflagging

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Contemporary Examples of hard-working

Historical Examples of hard-working

  • His father was a hard-working labourer of the parish of St. Austell, in Cornwall.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • A hard-working little chap, his days were filled with sharp suspense.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Doubtless, however, he considered her strong and hard-working.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • I want to have from yourself what like the people are,—are they as hard-working, are they as 'cute as our own?

  • He, this man who had robbed me of my hard-working, purposeful existence.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for hard-working

hard-working

adjective
  1. (of a person) industrious; diligent
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Word Origin and History for hard-working

adj.

also hardworking, 1774, from hard + working (see work).

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