("sexually aroused"): soft, flaccid.
- Defined, fixed, and invariable:
hard and fast rules.
- Having a partial loss of hearing.
- People who have partial loss of hearing, considered as a group.
- Undergoing great difficulty:
Under the circumstances, he was hard put to explain himself.
- In need; poor.
- to treat severely; be harsh toward
- to be difficult, unpleasant, or painful for
Other Word Forms of Hard
Origin of Hard
From Middle English, from Old English heard (“hard”), from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret- (“strong; powerful”). Cognate with West Frisian hurd, Dutch hard, Low German hard, hart, German hart, Danish hård.
Middle English from Old English heard kar- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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