[ hahrdz ]
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plural noun
  1. the refuse or coarser parts of flax or hemp, separated in hackling.

Origin of hards

First recorded before 900; Middle English herdes, Old English heordan
  • Also hurds [hurdz] /hɜrdz/ .

Words Nearby hards

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How to use hards in a sentence

  • And this was the question upon which the men of Looe, and especially the Die-hards, hung breathless for the next few days.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • For many of the Die-hards stopped the Doctor to question him, and stood gloomy as he passed on.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Below him by the edge of the stream he sees the encampment of the Gorbals Die-hards.

    Huntingtower | John Buchan
  • You shrink from the hards of life which I steer happily through.

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan
  • This world has more hards than softs for the average mortal and I never flattered myself on bein' above the average.

    Thankful's Inheritance | Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for hards



/ (hɑːdz) /

pl n
  1. coarse fibres and other refuse from flax and hemp

Origin of hards

Old English heordan (plural); related to Middle Dutch hēde, Greek keskeon tow

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