hard-boiled

adjective \ ˈhärd-ˈbȯi(-ə)ld \

Definition of hard-boiled

1 of an egg :boiled until both white and yolk have solidified
2 a :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

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First Known Use of hard-boiled

1589


HARD-BOILED Defined for English Language Learners

hard-boiled

adjective

Definition of hard-boiled for English Language Learners

  • of an egg : boiled until all the inside parts have become solid

  • : not feeling or showing emotions such as affection or kindness : emotionally tough

  • : having a tough detective as the main character



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