\ ˈhärd-ˈbȯi(-ə)ld How to pronounce hard-boiled (audio) \

Definition of hard-boiled

1 of an egg : boiled until both white and yolk have solidified
2a : devoid of sentimentality : tough a hard-boiled drill sergeant
b : of, relating to, or being a detective story featuring a tough unsentimental protagonist and a matter-of-fact attitude towards violence
3 : hardheaded, practical hard-boiled business decisions

First Known Use of hard-boiled

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hard-boiled was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of hard-boiled

of an egg : boiled until all the inside parts have become solid
: not feeling or showing emotions such as affection or kindness : emotionally tough
chiefly US : having a tough detective as the main character

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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