An example of harsh is walking outside to the bright sun after being in a dark room for a long time.
An example of harsh is a performer being told by a critic that they're not talented.
A harsh climate.
The harsh realities of war.
Beneath his harsh exterior.
A harsh punishment.
Gave me a harsh look.
Harsh punishment; a harsh overseer.
Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
- Grating to the ear; discordant.
- Too bright or vivid to the eye; glaring.
- Too strong to the taste; bitter.
- Not smooth to the touch; coarse.
Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
- Disagreeable to the sense of hearing.A harsh voice.
- Disagreeable to the sense of sight.Harsh lighting.
- Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch.Harsh burlap.
A harsh wilderness; a harsh winter.
Origin of harsh
- Middle English harsk of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Middle Low German harsch (“rough”), literally "hairy," from haer (“hair”). Cognate with German harsch.