1. [ adjective ] not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
Synonyms: difficult

"a difficult task" "difficult times" "a difficult child" "found himself in a difficult situation" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Related terms: easy rugged ambitious troublesome awkward trying hard-fought herculean baffling rocky delicate hard-fought thorny tall vexed nasty fractious catchy stubborn serious arduous demanding effortful difficulty
2. [ adjective ] metaphorically hard

"a hard fate" "took a hard look" "a hard bargainer" "a hard climb"

Related terms: soft calculating case-hardened case-hardened brutal steely stiff difficult tough merciless insensitive
3. [ adjective ] not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated

"hard as rock"

Related terms: soft firm granitic adamantine petrous petrified marmoreal corneous hardened steely semihard slaty unpadded lignified erect al_dente ossified solid hardness
4. [ adverb ] 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"

Related terms: arduous arduous
5. [ adjective ] very strong or vigorous
Synonyms: severe knockout

"strong winds" "a hard left to the chin" "a knockout punch" "a severe blow"

Related terms: strong
6. [ adjective ] characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
Synonyms: arduous gruelling punishing heavy laborious labourious grueling toilsome backbreaking

"worked their arduous way up the mining valley" "a grueling campaign" "hard labor" "heavy work" "heavy going" "spent many laborious hours on the project"

Related terms: effortful
7. [ adverb ] with firmness
Synonyms: firmly

"held hard to the railing"

8. [ adverb ] earnestly or intently

"thought hard about it" "stared hard at the accused"

9. [ adverb ] causing great damage or hardship
Synonyms: severely

"industries hit hard by the depression" "she was severely affected by the bank's failure"

Related terms: severe severe
10. [ adverb ] slowly and with difficulty

"prejudices die hard"

Related terms: difficult difficult
11. [ adverb ] with pain or distress or bitterness

"he took the rejection very hard"

12. [ adjective ] having a high alcoholic content
Synonyms: strong

"hard liquor"

Related terms: alcoholic
13. [ adverb ] into a solid condition

"concrete that sets hard within a few hours"

Related terms: hardened hardened
14. [ adjective ] of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately
Synonyms: heavy

"does a lot of hard drinking" "a heavy drinker"

Related terms: intemperate
15. [ adjective ] having undergone fermentation
Synonyms: fermented

"hard cider"

Related terms: soured
16. [ adjective ] unfortunate or hard to bear
Synonyms: tough

"had hard luck" "a tough break"

Related terms: bad
17. [ adverb ] to the full extent possible; all the way

"hard alee" "the ship went hard astern" "swung the wheel hard left"

18. [ adverb ] 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"

19. [ adjective ] of speech sounds
Related terms: soft velar plosive
20. [ adverb ] indulging excessively
Synonyms: intemperately heavily

"he drank heavily"

Related terms: lightly intemperate intemperate
21. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12415
22. [ adjective ] dried out

"hard dry rolls left over from the day before"

Related terms: stale
Similar spelling:   hardy