hard·​case | \ ˈhärd-ˈkās How to pronounce hardcase (audio) \

Definition of hardcase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

hard case

\ ˈhärd-ˌkās How to pronounce hard case (audio) \

Definition of hard case (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tough or hardened person

Examples of hardcase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, after a disastrous 50-year-long war on drugs, even hard cases deserve justice. David Farber, Twin Cities, "David Farber: How drug-related violence complicates criminal justice reform," 1 Oct. 2019 In checked bags, guns must be unloaded and packed in a locked hard case separate from ammunition, TSA said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "New Hampshire man stopped at Logan with loaded gun in carry-on; no charges filed," 3 Sep. 2019 The idea was bold: Find the 50 people likeliest to die on skid row’s streets — the hardest of the hard cases — and house them however possible. Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Is this how you solve homelessness?," 18 Aug. 2019 That’s a harder case to make in 2019, with current devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro already available with very comparable internals. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 announced: two sizes, new S Pen, and DeX on your laptop," 7 Aug. 2019 But writing off American cities as a whole has become a much harder case to make. Washington Post, "Trump says cities are ‘a mess.’ They’re actually enjoying a golden age.," 4 Aug. 2019 Some of the hardest cases these agents face is when a parent loses a child. CBS News, ""To the families we owe justice": Inside NCIS' relentless quest to solve two cold case murders of Navy dependents," 3 July 2019 These headphones offer great sound quality, long-lasting battery life, and the hard case is a nice bonus that comes included with the purchase. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "TCL’s 55-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV is under $500 for the first time," 11 June 2019 Hyde doesn’t shrink from the hard cases, especially when thinking about historical trauma. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, "Lewis Hyde’s new book reconsiders the role of forgetting," 26 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hardcase.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hardcase


1896, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hardcase

Time Traveler for hardcase

Time Traveler

The first known use of hardcase was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hardcase

Cite this Entry

“Hardcase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardcase. Accessed 27 January 2020.

Comments on hardcase

What made you want to look up hardcase? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!