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Hard appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Hercules, a hardy hunter, hunted a hare in the Hampshire Hills. Hit him on the head with a hard, hard hammer and he howled horribly!

Hard appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • My jocks box, get hard, unzip, quiver, flow. (32 letters)
  • Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes. (50 letters)
  • Travelling beneath the azure sky in our jolly ox-cart, we often hit bumps quite hard. (68 letters)
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Hard appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Now is tundra hot to hard nuts I won?
  • Tundra has sorceries less elongated, a jade tag no less, else I re-cross a hard nut.
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Usage statistics for the adjective hard:

spoken English49.43%written English50.57% conversational speech49.57%task-oriented speech50.43% imaginative writing58.42%informational writing41.58%
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Hard is sometimes a misspelling of hair, heard or should.

The word hard is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective hard

What does hard mean as an attribute of a noun?

Hard is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: harder | hardest

  1. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  2. dispassionate
  3. resisting weight or pressure
  4. very strong or vigorous
  5. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  6. produced without vibration of the vocal cords
  7. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
  8. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
    • example: Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants
    • antonym: soft
    • similar: velar
  9. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
  10. being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
  11. unfortunate or hard to bear
    • example: had hard luck
    • synonym of hard: tough
    • similar: bad
  12. dried out
    • example: hard dry rolls left over from the day before
    • similar: stale

Alternative definition of the adjective hard


  1. Resistant to pressure.
  2. Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand
  3. Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
  4. [context: of a person] , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
  5. See Unquestionable.
  6. Of drink, strong.
  7. [context: of a road intersection] Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.
    • Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.
    • [slang, vulgar, of a male] Sexually aroused.
    • [bodybuilding] Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.
    • [physics] Of a ferromagnetic material, having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft)

    Definition of the adverb hard

    What does hard mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?

    adverb - inflections: harder, hardest

    1. with effort or force or vigor
      • examples: the team played hard | worked hard all day | pressed hard on the lever | hit the ball hard | slammed the door hard
    2. with firmness
      • example: held hard to the railing
      • synonym of hard: firmly
    3. earnestly or intently
      • examples: thought hard about it | stared hard at the accused
    4. causing great damage or hardship
      • example: industries hit hard by the depression
      • synonym of hard: severely
    5. slowly and with difficulty
      • example: prejudices die hard
      • synonym of hard: hardly
    6. indulging excessively
    7. into a solid condition
      • example: concrete that sets hard within a few hours
    8. very near or close in space or time
      • examples: it stands hard by the railroad tracks | they were hard on his heels | a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening
    9. with pain or distress or bitterness
      • example: he took the rejection very hard
    10. to the full extent possible; all the way
      • examples: hard alee | the ship went hard astern | swung the wheel hard left

    Alternative definition of the adverb hard


    1. [context: manner] With much force or effort.
    2. [context: manner] With difficulty.
    3. [context: manner] Compactly.
    4. [context: now archaic] Near, close.

    Definition of the noun hard

    What does hard mean as a name of something?

    noun - plural: hards

    1. [nautical] A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water


    1. Hard is a town in the westernmost Austrian state of Vorarlberg, directly on Lake Constance. Hard has a lot of attractions, like the Strandbad and the Grünerdamm. Hard is also famous for the big Skaterpark.
    2. Hard is a quarter in the district 4 of Zürich.

    There are other places with in their name, like Hard Corner, Bosc-le-Hard, Buckler's Hard, Hard Rock Cafe, hard rock café, Hard Rock Live, Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg and The Joint at Hard Rock Casino.


    Who is Hard?

    Hard a.k.a. Richard Gibbs: Richard “Ribbs” Gibbs is an American film composer and music producer whose credits include the films Sweet Hearts Dance, Dr. Dolittle, Big Momma's House, The Book of Stars, Queen of the Damned and the television series Battlestar Galactica.


    Hard is a Hungarian hard rock supergroup formed in late 2004 in Budapest, Hungary by József Kalapács and Gábor Mirkovics. The rest of the band consisted of guitarist Zsolt Csillik, keyboardist Dénes Makovics and drummer Zoltán Váry.


    1. "Hard" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R. The song was written by Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart, Rihanna, and Jeezy, with vocals performed by the latter two. Nash and Stewart produced it under their stage names, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. "Hard" was sent to radio by Def Jam Recordings on November 10, 2009, as the second United States single from Rated R. It is a hip hop song and features military horns, hissing synthesizers, sharp beats and piano chords. Upon its release, it received critical acclaim, with critics praising Rihanna's vocal performance and Jeezy's collaboration.
    2. "Hard" is the fourth studio album by American R&B group Jagged Edge, released on October 14, 2003. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 178,000 copies in the US.
    3. "Hard" is the fourth studio album by the English post-punk group Gang of Four. It was originally released in 1983 on Warner Bros. Records and was the first album to not feature original member Hugo Burnham, while Dave Allen had already left before the previous album, Songs of the Free.
    4. "Hard" is the fifth album by Dutch language rapper Brainpower. It was released April 21, 2008 on Lyric Recordings, together with his fourth album Hart and contains the single "Boks Ouwe". Hard and Hart are two albums sold together, where Hard represents the raw hip hop side of Brainpower, which is expressed in both beats and lyrics.
    5. "Hard" is a 1993 extended play single by Scottish alternative rock group Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Both "Hard" and "Normal Boy" were taken from the band's third studio album Five which the release of Hard preceded.
    6. "Hard" is a musical single of Africanism All Stars.
      • released on (9 years ago)
    7. "Hard" is a musical album of Bleach.
      • released in (24 years ago)
    8. "Hard" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    9. "Hard" is a musical single of Yorissey BLKHRTS.
      • released on (4 years ago)
    10. "Hard" is a composition.
    11. "Hard" is a musical single of Stella One Eleven.
      • released in (18 years ago)
    12. "Hard" is a musical album of American Dog.
      • released in (9 years ago)


    1. Hard is a French television series created and produced by Cathy Verney, airing since 9 May 2008 on Canal+ in France, and later internationally. The series focuses on the pornographic movie industry. It is part of the "New Trilogy" collection on Canal+.
    2. "Hard" is a film, directed by John Huckert.
    3. "Hard" is a 2013 short, drama, comedy film written and directed by Vanessa Roveto.


    "HARD" is a video game.

    • genre: Action game


    hard is a cheese texture.

    There are other foods with Hard in their name, like Hard Candy, Hard Sauce, Hard boiled egg and Hard dough bread.


    1. Hard is a national music festival, music cruise and concert brand founded by Gary Richards in 2007. The event line-ups consist of alternative and electronic acts and emerging talents. The first HARD Music Festival was held on December 31, 2007 in Downtown Los Angeles and featured Justice, Peaches and 2 Live Crew. HARD is best known for the HARD Summer Music Festival and HARD Haunted Mansion, though also runs several smaller events and once-off shows. HARD is sometimes called "HARDfest" by fans, based on the event's website and social media shortcuts. Additional HARD brands include the HARD Summer Tour, HARD 13, Turkey Soup, and the Holy Ship! electronic music cruise. Live Nation Entertainment acquired HARD in 2012.
    2. Hard: A hard is a firm or paved beach or slope by water that is convenient for hauling boats out of the water. The term is especially used in Hampshire, southern England.

    Phrases with Hard

    Phrases starting with the word Hard:

    1. Hard C
    2. Hard G
    3. hard up
    4. hard-on
    5. hard hat
    6. Hard Hit
    7. hard put
    8. hard roe
    9. Hard-Ass
    10. hard-won
    11. Hard Case
    12. hard cash
    13. hard clam
    14. hard coal
    15. Hard code

    Phrases ending with the word Hard:

    1. ni-hard
    2. die hard
    3. die-hard
    4. Try-Hard
    5. Bone Hard

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hard

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    Google previewGender on the Market (2010)

    Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition by Deborah Kapchan

    Being hard means being inflexible, while the premise of bargaining is the flexibility of both vendor and client with regard to price. Without this flexibility there is no reason to pursue purchases at the suq; rather, a potential buyer would and can ...

    Google previewGlossographia Anglicana nova, or, A dictionary, interpreting such hard words of whatever language, as are at present used in the English tongue, with their etymologies, definitions, &c (1707)

    also, the terms of divinity, law, physick, mathematicks, grammar, poetry, musick, heraldry, architecture, painting, war, and all other arts and sciences are herein explain'd, from the best modern authors, as, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Harris, Dr. Gregory, Mr. Lock, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Dryden, Mr. Blunt, &c. Very useful to all those that desire to understand what they read

    hard after, to vex, trouble, or Pernicious, (Lat.) destru- oppress, ctive, mischievous, or hurtful. Persecution, (Lat.) a fol- Pernio, is a Preternatural lowing hard after any one swelling caused by extream with a ...

    Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana (1845)

    Or Universal Dictionary of Knowledge ... Comprising the Twofoldadvantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

    Hard. 1.5, 5.0. 2.2, 3.3. a. Square or rhombic prisms ; Hard. 4.0 or less; cleavage imperfect, oblique. b. Cube ; Hard.

    Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

    Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

    hard (hard), adj. compact and solid; firm; not easy to be pierced or broken; unyielding; difficult of accomplishment; laborious; oppressive; severe; keen: austere; inflexible; unfeeling; exacting; not easily granted ...

    Google previewEtymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ... Abriged from the 4. Ed (1818)

    GED, (g hard) s. The pike, a fish, S. Su. G. Isl. gaedda, id. Barbour. GED-STAFF, s . 1.

    Google previewUnabridged Dictionary of the Sensations "as If". (1985)

    by James William Ward

    Hard Abdomen. — Sensation as of constriction in ...

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    Usage statistics about hard

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the adjective hard:

    spoken English49.43%written English50.57% conversational speech49.57%task-oriented speech50.43% imaginative writing58.42%informational writing41.58%

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective hard:


    Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective hard and its most common antonym:


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    Quotes about Hard

    To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard. (Carl Sandburg)
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    Scrabble value of H4A1R1D2

    The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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