Adjective: hard (harder,hardest) haa(r)d
Adverb: hard haa(r)d
- Not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
"why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?";
"took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"
- Resisting weight or pressure
- Very strong or vigorous
"a hard left to the chin";
- knockout, severe
- Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
- arduous, backbreaking, grueling [US], gruelling [Brit, Cdn], heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
- Produced without vibration of the vocal cords
"hard consonants such as 'p' and 'k' and 's'";
- unvoiced, voiceless, surd
- (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
- (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
"Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants"
- Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
"a hard drinker";
- intemperate, heavy
- Being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
- Unfortunate or hard to bear
"had hard luck";
- Dried out
"hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
- With effort, force or vigour
"the team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"
- With firmness
"held hard to the railing";
- Earnestly or intently
"thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
- Causing great damage or hardship
"industries hit hard by the depression";
- Slowly and with difficulty
"prejudices die hard"
- Indulging excessively
"he drank hard";
- heavily, intemperately
- Into a solid condition
"concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
- Very near or close in space or time
"it stands hard by the railway tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"
- With pain, distress or bitterness
"he took the rejection very hard"
- To the full extent possible; all the way
"hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"
Derived forms: hardest, harder
See also: adamantine, al dente, alcoholic, ambitious, arduous, awkward, bad, baffling, calculating, calculative, case-hardened, catchy, challenging, conniving, corneous, delicate, demanding, difficultness, difficulty, effortful, elusive, embarrassing, erect, exacting, fiendish, firm, fractious, granitelike, granitic, hard-boiled, hardened, hard-fought, hardness, herculean, hornlike, horny, indulgent, insensitive, knotty, merciless, nasty, petrous, problematic, problematical, rocklike, rocky, rough, rugged, scheming, semihard, serious, set, shrewd, solid, stale, steely, sticky, stonelike, stony, strong, tall, thorny, ticklish, tickly, tight, touchy, tough, tricky, troublesome, trying, tumid, unenviable, unmerciful, unyielding, velar, vexed, whispered, woody
Encyclopedia: Hard, Fast and Beautiful