a : being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil <a hardscrabble farm> <hardscrabble prairies>
b : getting a meager living from poor soil <a hardscrabble farmer>
: marked by poverty <a hardscrabble cotton town> <a hardscrabble childhood>
Examples of HARDSCRABBLE
- He lived a hardscrabble life.
- <it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands>
First Known Use of HARDSCRABBLE
Related to HARDSCRABBLE
- bony (also boney), dead, desolate, barren, impoverished, infertile, poor, stark, unfertile, unproductive, waste
- fertile, fruitful, lush, luxuriant, productive, rich
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