hard-shell

adjective
\ ˈhärd-ˌshel How to pronounce hard-shell (audio) \
variants: or hard-shelled \ ˈhärd-​ˌsheld How to pronounce hard-shelled (audio) \

Definition of hard-shell

: fundamental sense 2b, fundamentalist a hard-shell preacher hard-shell Baptists also : uncompromising, hidebound a hard-shell conservative

First Known Use of hard-shell

1836, in the meaning defined above

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