Definition of hard-boiled in English:
1(Of an egg) boiled until the white and the yolk are solid.
- David's plan informed me that I was allowed to snack on two celery sticks, half a red pepper, plus some chopped hard-boiled egg white - whereupon I told David to stuff it, and ate a bowl of Frosties and three marshmallows.
- Plus, I switch the protein shakes with hard-boiled egg whites.
- I'll often get a salad, and then put hard-boiled egg whites and turkey on it, maybe some fish, and grab some fruit for dessert.
2(Of a person) tough and cynical.
- Even hard-boiled sceptics will be stupefied at what is on sale there in place of the current literature: Neatly arranged and priced, as if they were the major works on the Nazi era, are the administrative reports of the memorial.
- The unorthodox approach of child protection lecturer Dr Sue Hamilton caused a flutter of discomfort among the hard-boiled audience, but at the seminar on youth development it was to be politics, not sex, which aroused the football men.
- His disarming professorial habit of asking hard-boiled members of the press to repeat his words of wisdom after him (which he himself has repeated anyhow) somehow never seems offensive.
2.1Denoting a tough, realistic style of detective fiction set in a world permeated by corruption and deceit: a hard-boiled thriller
More example sentences
- Chandler has somehow come to embody the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction, although he didn't (as some people seem to believe) create it.
- Let's get one thing straight - Dashiell Hammett is the greatest author of hard-boiled detective fiction there ever was, or ever will be.
- Given the turbulent and often violent nature of the times, the reasons a writer might choose to reflect them through the medium of hard-boiled detective fiction might seem self-evident.
- hard-boil verb
- sense 1.Example sentences
- You've never seen cooking inadequacies until your fourteen year old brother starts a fire trying to hard-boil some eggs.
- I have seen the Seahawks get a sack because Arizona's Kurt Warner held the ball for about as long as it takes to hard-boil an egg.
- Now, if you hard-boil this egg, you end up with a hard-boiled egg that has no yoke in the middle.
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