Definitions for harshhɑrʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect:

    harsh treatment.

  2. grim or unpleasantly severe; stern; cruel; austere:

    a harsh master.

  3. physically uncomfortable; desolate; stark:

    a harsh land.

  4. unpleasant to the ear; grating; strident:

    a harsh voice.

  5. unpleasant or irritating to the body or the senses:

    harsh detergents.

* Syn: See stern1.

Origin of harsh:

1300–50; prob. in part < MLG harsch, ME harsk (perh. < Scand)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

  2. harsh(adj)

    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"

  3. coarse, harsh(adj)

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

  4. harsh, rough(adj)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

  5. harsh(adj)


    "a harsh penalty"

  6. harsh, abrasive(adj)

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. harsh(adjective)ɑrʃ

    unkind and sometimes considered to be unfair

    harsh words; a harsh punishment; the harsh reality/truth

  2. harshɑrʃ

    (of weather, conditions, etc.) severe and difficult to live in

    a harsh climate; prisoners suffering in harsh living conditions

  3. harshɑrʃ

    unpleasantly loud, bright, etc.

    a harsh-sounding voice


  1. harsh(Verb)

    To negatively criticize.

    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!

  2. harsh(Verb)

    to put a damper on (a mood).

    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.

  3. harsh(Adjective)

    Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.

  4. harsh(Adjective)

    Severe or cruel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harsh(adj)

    rough; disagreeable; grating

  2. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the touch

  3. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the taste

  4. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the ear

  5. Harsh(adj)

    unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough

  6. Harsh(adj)

    having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    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.

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