hard time

hard time
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hahrd tahym]
    • /hɑrd taɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hahrd tahym]
    • /hɑrd taɪm/

Definitions of hard time words

  • noun hard time a period of difficulties or hardship. 1
  • noun hard time Slang. time actually served in a prison or other penal institution: He had merely been fined before, but now was sentenced to 90 days' hard time in the county jail. 1
  • noun hard time give a hard time, Informal. to bother, annoy, or harass: He gave me a hard time about the money I owe him. 1
  • noun,plural hard time financial hardship 1
  • noun,plural hard time difficult period 1

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Origin of hard time

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
First recorded in 1905-10

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Parts of speech for Hard time


hard time popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

hard time usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hard time

noun hard time

  • misfortune — adverse fortune; bad luck.
  • hardship — a condition that is difficult to endure; suffering; deprivation; oppression: a life of hardship.
  • setback — Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
  • tragedy — a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: stunned by the tragedy of so many deaths.
  • adversity — Adversity is a very difficult or unfavourable situation.

adj hard time

  • disagreeable — contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.
  • distasteful — unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike: a distasteful chore.
  • troublesome — causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious: a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
  • unpalatable — not palatable; unpleasant to the taste.
  • sour — having an acid taste, resembling that of vinegar, lemon juice, etc.; tart.

Antonyms for hard time

noun hard time

  • advantage — An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
  • favor — something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
  • boon — You can describe something as a boon when it makes life better or easier for someone.
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • blessing — A blessing is something good that you are grateful for.

adj hard time

  • friendly — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • pleasing — giving pleasure; agreeable; gratifying: a pleasing performance.
  • delicious — very enjoyable; delightful
  • palatable — acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory: palatable food.

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