hard-boiled hard-boiled adj. 1. same as {hard-bitten}.

Syn: hard-bitten, pugnacious. [WordNet 1.5]

2. emotionally hardened; -- used of persons.

Syn: callous, case-hardened, hardened. [WordNet 1.5]

3. cooked until the yolk is solid; -- used of eggs; as, a breakfast of pancakes and hard-boiled eggs. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hard-boiled — (adj.) also hardboiled, 1723 in reference to eggs, from HARD (Cf. hard) + BOILED (Cf. boiled). In transferred sense severe, tough, from 1886 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • hard-boiled — hard boiled; hard boiled·ness; …   English syllables

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