Synonyms for hard


1. hard (vs. soft), brutal, cruel, harsh, rigorous, unkind, calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd, case-hardened, hardened, hard-boiled, steely, stiff, uphill, difficult#1, hard, insensitive, merciless#1, unmerciful, tough
usage: metaphorically hard; "a hard fate"; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; "a hard climb"
2. 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"
3. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, punishing, toilsome, effortful (vs. effortless)
usage: characterized by toilsome 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"
4. hard (vs. soft), plosive, velar
usage: of speech sounds
5. hard(prenominal), heavy, intemperate (vs. temperate)
usage: of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; "does a lot of hard drinking"; "a heavy drinker"
6. fermented, hard, soured (vs. unsoured)
usage: having undergone fermentation; "hard cider"
7. hard, strong, alcoholic (vs. nonalcoholic)
usage: having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor"
8. hard, tough, bad (vs. good)
usage: unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
9. hard, stale (vs. fresh)
usage: dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"


1. hard,arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, punishing, toilsome
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,difficult (vs. easy), hard
usage: slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"
6. heavily, intemperately, hard
usage: indulging excessively; "he drank heavily"
7. hard,hardened, set
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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