- hard ► ADJECTIVE 1) solid, firm, and rigid; not easily broken, bent, or pierced. 2) requiring or demonstrating a great deal of endurance or effort; difficult. 3) (of a person) not showing any signs of weakness; tough. 4) (of information or a subject of study) concerned with precise and verifiable facts. 5) harsh or unpleasant to the senses. 6) done with a great deal of force or strength. 7) (of liquor) strongly alcoholic. 8) (of a drug) potent and addictive. 9) (of pornography) highly obscene and explicit. 10) denoting an extreme faction within a political party. 11) (of water) containing mineral salts.► ADVERB 1) with a great deal of effort or force. 2) so as to be solid or firm. 3) to the fullest extent possible.● be hard put (to it) — Cf. ↑be hard put to it● hard and fast — Cf. ↑hard and fast● hard at it — Cf. ↑hard at it● hard done by — Cf. ↑hard done by● hard feelings — Cf. ↑hard feelings● hard going — Cf. ↑hard going● hard luck (or lines) — Cf. ↑hard luck● hard of hearing — Cf. ↑hard of hearing● hard on (or upon) — Cf. ↑hard upon● hard up — Cf. ↑hard up● play hard to get — Cf. ↑play hard to get● put the hard word on — Cf. ↑put the hard word onDERIVATIVES hardish adjective hardness noun.ORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.