hard–core

play
adjective \ˈhärd-ˈkȯr\

Definition of hard–core

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or being part of a hard core hard–core poverty the hard–core unemployedb :  confirmed, die-hard hard–core rock fans a hard–core liberal

  2. 2 of pornography :  containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts — compare soft-core

  3. 3 :  characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something :  fundamental a room gussied up in hard–core French provincial style — John Canaday

First Known Use of hard–core

1934


HARD–CORE Defined for English Language Learners

hard-core

play
adjective

Definition of hard–core for English Language Learners

  • : very active and enthusiastic

  • : showing or describing sex acts very openly

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