Try Our Apps


Word of the Day
Friday, May 07, 2004

Definitions for hardscrabble

  1. Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
  2. Marked by poverty.

Learn something
new every day


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for hardscrabble
I remember it being green and humid, nothing like this hardscrabble land. Elmore Leonard, Cuba Libre
Most inhabitants scratched out a living from hardscrabble farming, yet these newcomers were hopeful and enterprising. Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Origin of hardscrabble
Hardscrabble is formed from hard (from Old English heard) + scrabble (from Dutch schrabbelen, "to scratch").