Definitions for harshhɑrʃ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word harsh
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect:
grim or unpleasantly severe; stern; cruel; austere:
a harsh master.
physically uncomfortable; desolate; stark:
a harsh land.
unpleasant to the ear; grating; strident:
a harsh voice.
unpleasant or irritating to the body or the senses:
* Syn: See stern1.
Origin of harsh:
1300–50; prob. in part < MLG harsch, ME harsk (perh. < Scand)
"wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
disagreeable to the senses
"the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
"coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
unkind or cruel or uncivil
"had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"
"a harsh penalty"
sharply disagreeable; rigorous
"the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
unkind and sometimes considered to be unfair
harsh words; a harsh punishment; the harsh reality/truth
(of weather, conditions, etc.) severe and difficult to live in
a harsh climate; prisoners suffering in harsh living conditions
unpleasantly loud, bright, etc.
a harsh-sounding voice
To negatively criticize.
Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
to put a damper on (a mood).
Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
Severe or cruel.
rough; disagreeable; grating
disagreeable to the touch
disagreeable to the taste
disagreeable to the ear
unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough
having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'harsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #687
Translations for harsh
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of people, discipline etc) very strict; cruel
That is a very harsh punishment to give a young child.
- straf, strengAfrikaans
- duroPortuguese (BR)
- hård; strengDanish
- severo, duro; cruelSpanish
- سخت گيرFarsi
- krut, strogCroatian
- strangur, harðurIcelandic
- griežtas, žiaurusLithuanian
- streng, rå, hard, brutalNorwegian
- سخت گيرPersian
- زيږ، سخت ، بې رحمه ، ځېړ، بدورګى ، شديدPashto
- hård, strängSwedish
- sert, acımasızTurkish
- 嚴厲的Chinese (Trad.)
- жорстокий, суворийUkrainian
- درشت ، سختUrdu
- nghiêm khắc; lỗ mãngVietnamese
- 严厉的Chinese (Simp.)
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