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Synonyms of hard in English:

adjective

  • 1 the ground was as hard as a rock
    firm, solid, dense, rigid, stiff, resistant, unbreakable, inflexible, unpliable, impenetrable, unyielding, solidified, hardened, compact, compacted, steely, tough, strong, stony, rock-like, flinty, close-packed, compressed, as hard as iron, as hard as stone;
    frozen
    rare adamantine, unmalleable, renitent
    [Antonyms] soft
  • 2 it was hard physical work
    [Antonyms] easy
  • 3 hard workers
    [Antonyms] lazy
  • 4 we have a hard problem to solve
    informal spiny, mind-bending
    North American informal gnarly
    rare insolvable, wildering
    [Antonyms] simple
  • 5 times are hard and jobs are scarce
    harsh, grim, difficult, bad, bleak, dire, tough, austere, unpleasant, disagreeable, uncomfortable, intolerable, unendurable, unbearable, insupportable;
    straitened, spartan, dark, severe, distressing, painful, awful
    [Antonyms] comfortable, luxurious
  • 6 he can be such a hard taskmaster
    strict, harsh, firm, severe, stern, tough, rigorous, demanding, exacting, unkind, unfriendly, unsympathetic, cold, heartless, hard-hearted, cold-hearted, unfeeling, intransigent, unbending, uncompromising, inflexible, intolerant, implacable, stubborn, obdurate, unyielding, unrelenting, unsparing, lacking compassion, grim, ruthless, merciless, oppressive, tyrannical, pitiless, callous, cruel, vicious, unjust, unfair;
    standing no nonsense, ruling with a rod of iron
    informal hard-boiled
    North American informal badass
    Australian/New Zealand informal solid
    [Antonyms] easy-going, kind
  • 7 a hard winter
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 8 a hard blow to the head
    forceful, heavy, strong, sharp, smart, violent, powerful, vigorous, mighty, hefty, tremendous
    [Antonyms] light
  • 9 hard facts about the underclass are maddeningly elusive
    reliable, definite, true, actual, confirmed, undeniable, indisputable, unquestionable, verifiable;
    plain, cold, bare, bold, harsh, unvarnished, unembellished
    [Antonyms] unverified
  • 10 they do not touch hard liquor
    [Antonyms] non-alcoholic, low-alcohol
  • 11 hard drugs
    addictive, habit-forming, causing dependency;
    strong, harmful, narcotic
    [Antonyms] soft
  • Phrases

    hard and fast

    1
    there are no hard-and-fast rules about this
    [Antonyms] flexible
    definite, fixed, set, strict, rigid, binding, stringent, rigorous, clear-cut, cast-iron, established, inflexible, immutable, unalterable, invariable, unvarying, unchangeable, unchanging, incontestable, incontrovertible, uncompromising

    hard feelings

    2

    adverb

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  • 1 George pushed her hard away from him
    forcefully, forcibly, fiercely, roughly, powerfully, strongly, strenuously, heavily, sharply, vigorously, intensely, energetically, with all one's might, with might and main, with vigour, with force, with great effort
    [Antonyms] gently
  • 2 they work hard at school
    [Antonyms] lackadaisically
  • 3 this prosperity has been hard won
    with difficulty, with effort, after a struggle, painfully, arduously, laboriously
    [Antonyms] easily
  • 4 her death hit him hard
    severely, badly, intensely, harshly, acutely, deeply, keenly, seriously, profoundly, violently, forcefully, grievously, gravely
    [Antonyms] slightly
  • 5 it was raining hard
    heavily, strongly, intensely, in torrents, in sheets, cats and dogs;
    British informal buckets, bucketloads, stair rods
    North American informal pitchforks
    [Antonyms] lightly
  • 6 my mother looked hard at me
    [Antonyms] casually
  • Phrases

    hard by

    1
    a little shop, hard by the St Paul Hotel
    [Antonyms] far from
    close to, right by, close by, beside, near, near to, nearby, not far from, a short distance from, a step away from, a stone's throw from, on the doorstep of, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, round the corner from, within easy reach of, adjacent to
    informal within spitting distance of, within sniffing distance of, {a hop, skip, and a jump away from}

    hard on/upon

    2
    his banishment followed hard on the quarrel
    [Antonyms] long after
    soon after, hard on the heels of, quickly after, promptly after, shortly after, immediately after, directly after, straight after, right after, a short time after, without delay after

    hard up

    3
    informal I'm too hard up to buy fancy clothes
    [Antonyms] rich
    poor, short of money, short of cash, impoverished, impecunious, in financial difficulties, financially embarrassed, financially distressed, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, unable to make ends meet;
    penniless, moneyless, destitute, poverty-stricken, bankrupt, in the red, without a sou, without means of support
    informal broke, stony broke, flat broke, bust, on one's beam-ends
    British informal skint, cleaned out, strapped for cash, on one's uppers, not having two pennies/farthings to rub together, in Queer Street, without a shot in one's locker, without a brass farthing
    North American informal stone broke, without a red cent

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