Definition and Meanings for hard

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Hard is ranked 768 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of hard

adjective, comparative, superlative, adverb, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of hard

oe. hard, heard, as. heard; akin to os. & d. hard, g. hart, ohg. herti, harti, icel. har, dan. haard, sw. h, goth. hardus, gr. kraty`s strong, ka`rtos, kra`tos, strength, and also to e. -ard, as in coward, drunkard, -crat, -cracy in autocrat, democracy; cf. skr. kratu strength, k to do, make. cf. hardy oe. harde, as. hearde

Meaning of hard


as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact; -- applied to material bodies, and opposed to soft; as, hard wood; hard flesh; a hard apple.
  • difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
  • difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure.
  • difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  • difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive; distressing; unjust; grasping; as, a hard lot; hard times; hard fare; a hard winter; hard conditions or terms.
  • difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
  • not easy or agreeable to the taste; harsh; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
  • rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
  • abrupt or explosive in utterance; not aspirated, sibilated, or pronounced with a gradual change of the organs from one position to another; -- said of certain consonants, as c in came, and g in go, as distinguished from the same letters in center, general, etc.
  • wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
  • rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.;having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade.

as adverb

  • with pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
  • with difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
  • uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.
  • so as to raise difficulties.
  • with tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; nimbly; as, to run hard.
  • close or near.

as transitive verb

  • to harden; to make hard.

as noun

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