English dictionary definition of:



  • not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  • characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  • dried out
  • unfortunate or hard to bear
  • resisting weight or pressure
  • dispassionate
  • (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
  • (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
  • being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
  • given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
  • produced without vibration of the vocal cords
  • very strong or vigorous


  • with effort or force or vigor
  • to the full extent possible; all the way
  • slowly and with difficulty
  • causing great damage or hardship
  • with firmness
  • earnestly or intently
  • with pain or distress or bitterness
  • very near or close in space or time
  • into a solid condition
  • indulging excessively


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Spellzone course content

View spelling list ar words: a starter list and learn about the word hard in the Spellzone English spelling course, Unit 10. Spelling choices for /ar/ sound; ar, a.

Scrabble score for hard

Scrabble score = 8

generated at 07:12:27 on 19-11-19

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