Synonyms of hard in English:

hard


See definition of hard

adjective

1‘the ground was as hard as a rock’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

arduous, strenuous, tiring, fatiguing, exhausting, wearying, back-breaking, gruelling, heavy, laborious

difficult, taxing, exacting, testing, challenging, demanding, punishing, tough, formidable, onerous, rigorous, uphill, Herculean

informal murderous, killing, hellish

British informal knackering

rare toilsome, exigent

ANTONYMS

easy

3‘hard workers’

SYNONYMS

diligent, hard-working, industrious, sedulous, assiduous, conscientious, energetic, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, earnest, persevering, persistent, unflagging, untiring, indefatigable

studious

ANTONYMS

lazy

4‘we have a hard problem to solve’

SYNONYMS

difficult, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, bewildering, mystifying, knotty, thorny, ticklish, problematic, enigmatic, complicated, complex, intricate, involved, tangled, insoluble, unfathomable, impenetrable, incomprehensible, unanswerable

informal spiny, mind-bending

North American informal gnarly

rare insolvable, wildering

ANTONYMS

simple

5‘times are hard and jobs are scarce’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

NZ Australian informal solid

ANTONYMS

easy-going, kind

7‘a hard winter’

SYNONYMS

bitterly cold, cold, bitter, harsh, severe, extreme, bleak, freezing, icy, icy-cold, arctic, polar, Siberian, glacial

ANTONYMS

mild

8‘a hard blow to the head’

SYNONYMS

forceful, heavy, strong, sharp, smart, violent, powerful, vigorous, mighty, hefty, tremendous

ANTONYMS

light

9‘hard facts about the underclass are maddeningly elusive’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

alcoholic, strong, intoxicating, inebriating, stiff, potent, spirituous, vinous, intoxicant

ANTONYMS

non-alcoholic, low-alcohol

11‘hard drugs’

SYNONYMS

addictive, habit-forming, causing dependency

strong, harmful, narcotic

ANTONYMS

soft


adverb

1‘George pushed her hard away from him’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

diligently, industriously, assiduously, conscientiously, sedulously, busily, intensely, enthusiastically, energetically, earnestly, persistently, doggedly, steadily, indefatigably, untiringly, all out, with application, with perseverance

informal like mad, like crazy, like billy-o

ANTONYMS

lackadaisically

3‘this prosperity has been hard won’

SYNONYMS

with difficulty, with effort, after a struggle, painfully, arduously, laboriously

ANTONYMS

easily

4‘her death hit him hard’

SYNONYMS

severely, badly, intensely, harshly, acutely, deeply, keenly, seriously, profoundly, violently, forcefully, grievously, gravely

ANTONYMS

slightly

5‘it was raining hard’

SYNONYMS

heavily, strongly, intensely, in torrents, in sheets, cats and dogs

steadily

British informal buckets, bucketloads, stair rods

North American informal pitchforks

ANTONYMS

lightly

6‘my mother looked hard at me’

SYNONYMS

closely, attentively, intently, critically, carefully, keenly, searchingly, earnestly, sharply, scrutinizingly

ANTONYMS

casually


Phrases

    hard and fast

      ‘there are no hard-and-fast rules about this’

      SYNONYMS

      definite, fixed, set, strict, rigid, binding, stringent, rigorous, clear-cut, cast-iron, established, inflexible, immutable, unalterable, invariable, unvarying, unchangeable, unchanging, incontestable, incontrovertible, uncompromising

      ANTONYMS

      flexible

    hard feelings

      ‘I had no hard feelings about being fired’

      SYNONYMS

      resentment, animosity, ill feeling, ill feelings, ill will, bitterness, bad blood, resentfulness, rancour, malice, acrimony, antagonism, antipathy, animus, friction, anger, hostility, hate, hatred

      ANTONYMS

      goodwill

    hard by

      ‘a little shop, hard by the St Paul Hotel’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      far from

    hard on/upon

      ‘his banishment followed hard on the quarrel’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      long after

    hard up

      ‘I'm too hard up to buy fancy clothes’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      broke, stony broke, flat broke, bust, on one's beam-ends

      British

      skint, cleaned out, strapped for cash, on one's uppers, not having two farthings to rub together, not having two pennies to rub together, in Queer Street, without a shot in one's locker, without a brass farthing

      North American

      stone broke, without a red cent

      ANTONYMS

      rich