hard-boiled definition by Webster's New World
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- cooked in boiling water until both the white and yolk solidify: said of eggs
- ☆ Informal not affected by sentiment, pity, etc.; tough; callous
hard-boiled definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Cooked by boiling in the shell to a solid consistency. Used of eggs.
- Callous; unfeeling.
- Unsentimental and practical; tough.