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Synonyms of hard in English:

adjective

  • 1 hard ground
    firm, solid, rigid, stiff, resistant, unbreakable, inflexible, impenetrable, unyielding, solidified, hardened, compact, compacted, dense, close-packed, compressed;
    steely, tough, strong, stony, rocklike, flinty, as hard as stone;
    frozen
    literary adamantine
    [Antonyms] soft
  • 2 hard physical work
    [Antonyms] easy
  • 3 hard workers
    diligent, hard-working, industrious, sedulous, assiduous, conscientious, energetic, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, earnest, persevering, persistent, unflagging, untiring, indefatigable;
    studious
    [Antonyms] lazy
  • 4 a hard problem
    difficult, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, bewildering, mystifying, knotty, thorny, problematic, complicated, complex, intricate, involved;
    insoluble, unfathomable, impenetrable, incomprehensible, unanswerable
    [Antonyms] simple
  • 5 times are hard
    harsh, grim, difficult, bad, bleak, dire, tough, austere, unpleasant, uncomfortable, straitened, spartan;
    dark, distressing, painful, awful
    [Antonyms] comfortable
  • 6 a hard taskmaster
    strict, harsh, firm, severe, stern, tough, rigorous, demanding, exacting;
    callous, unkind, unsympathetic, cold, heartless, hard-hearted, unfeeling;
    intransigent, unbending, uncompromising, inflexible, implacable, stubborn, obdurate, unyielding, unrelenting, unsparing, grim, ruthless, merciless, pitiless, cruel;
    standing no nonsense, ruling with a rod of iron
    [Antonyms] kind, easygoing
  • 7 a hard winter
    bitterly cold, cold, bitter, harsh, severe, bleak, freezing, icy, icy-cold, arctic
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 8 a hard blow
    forceful, heavy, strong, sharp, smart, violent, powerful, vigorous, mighty, hefty, tremendous
    [Antonyms] light, gentle
  • 9 hard facts
    reliable, definite, true, confirmed, substantiated, undeniable, indisputable, unquestionable, verifiable
    [Antonyms] unverified, questionable
  • 10 hard cider
    [Antonyms] nonalcoholic
  • 11 hard drugs
    addictive, habit-forming;
    strong, harmful
  • adverb

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  • 1 George pushed the door hard
    forcefully, forcibly, roughly, powerfully, strongly, heavily, sharply, vigorously, energetically, with all one's might, with might and main
    [Antonyms] gently
  • 2 they worked hard
    informal like mad, like crazy
  • 3 this prosperity has been hard won
    with difficulty, with effort, after a struggle, painfully, laboriously
    [Antonyms] easily
  • 4 her death hit him hard
    severely, badly, acutely, deeply, keenly, seriously, profoundly, gravely
    formal grievously
    [Antonyms] slightly
  • 5 it was raining hard
    heavily, strongly, in torrents, in sheets;
    steadily
    informal cats and dogs, buckets
    [Antonyms] lightly
  • 6 my mother looked hard at me
    closely, attentively, intently, critically, carefully, keenly, searchingly, earnestly, sharply
    [Antonyms] casually
  • Phrases

    hard and fast
    1
    get used to it—the curfew here is hard and fast
    definite, fixed, set, strict, rigid, binding, clear-cut, cast-iron, ironclad;
    hard by
    2
    close to, right by, beside, near (to), nearby, not far from, a stone's throw from, on the doorstep of
    informal within spitting distance of, ‘a hop, skip, and jump away from’
    hard feelings
    3
    I had no idea that our separation had left him with such hard feelings
    hard up
    4
    informal this administration ignores the families that are hard up
    poor, short of money, badly off, impoverished, impecunious, in reduced circumstances, unable to make ends meet;
    informal broke, strapped for cash, strapped
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