Definition of hardscrabble
1a : being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil a hardscrabble farm hardscrabble prairiesb : getting a meager living from poor soil a hardscrabble farmer
2 : marked by poverty a hardscrabble cotton town a hardscrabble childhood
Examples of hardscrabble in a sentence
He lived a hardscrabble life.
<it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands>
First Known Use of hardscrabble
HARDSCRABBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hardscrabble for English Language Learners
: having poor soil
: having harsh and difficult conditions because of poverty
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