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hard rock


the original form of rock-'n'-roll, basically dependent on a consistently loud and strong beat.

Nearby words

hard pressed, hard pulse, hard put, be, hard rays, hard right, hard rock, hard row to hoe, hard rubber, hard sauce, hard science, hard sell
Compare soft rock.

Origin of hard rock

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formshard rocker, noun

Definition for hardrock (2 of 2)


[ hahrd-rok ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌrɒk /


(loosely) of or relating to igneous or metamorphic rocks, as in mining (hard-rock mining) and geology (hard-rock geology).

Origin of hard-rock

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hardrock (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɑːdˌrɒk) Canadian /


(of mining) concerned with extracting minerals other than coal, usually from solid rock


slang a tough uncompromising man

British Dictionary definitions for hardrock (2 of 2)

hard rock


music a rhythmically simple and usually highly amplified style of rock and roll
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