Synonyms of hard


1. difficult (vs. easy), hard, ambitious, challenging, arduous, awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable, baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough, catchy, tricky, delicate, ticklish, touchy, fractious, hard-fought, herculean, nasty, tight, rocky, rough, rugged, tough, serious, tall(prenominal), thorny, troublesome, trying, vexed, demanding, effortful, hard

usage: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

2. hard (vs. soft), calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd, case-hardened, hardened, hard-boiled, steely, difficult#1, hard, insensitive, merciless#1, unmerciful, tough

usage: dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";

3. hard (vs. soft), adamantine, al dente, corneous, hornlike, horny, tumid, erect, firm, solid, granitic, granitelike, rocklike, stony, hardened, set, woody, petrous, stonelike, semihard, steely, unyielding

usage: resisting weight or pressure

4. hard, knockout, severe, strong (vs. weak)

usage: very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

5. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome, effortful (vs. effortless)

usage: characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"

6. unvoiced (vs. voiced), voiceless, surd, hard, whispered

usage: produced without vibration of the vocal cords; "unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"

7. hard (vs. soft), concentrated

usage: (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

8. hard (vs. soft), velar

usage: (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"

9. intemperate, hard, heavy, indulgent (vs. nonindulgent)

usage: given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors; "a hard drinker"

10. hard, strong, alcoholic (vs. nonalcoholic)

usage: being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor"

11. hard, tough, bad (vs. good)

usage: unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

12. hard, stale (vs. fresh)

usage: dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"


1. hard

usage: with effort or force or vigor; "the team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"

2. hard, firmly

usage: with firmness; "held hard to the railing"

3. hard

usage: earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"

4. hard, severely

usage: causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure"

5. hard

usage: slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"

6. heavily, intemperately, hard

usage: indulging excessively; "he drank heavily"

7. hard

usage: into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"

8. hard

usage: very near or close in space or time; "it stands hard by the railroad tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"

9. hard

usage: with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"

10. hard

usage: to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"

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Definition and meaning of hard (Dictionary)