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Meaning of harsh by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r


    harsh ( comparative harsher, superlative harshest )

    1. Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses .
    2. Severe or cruel .



    to harsh ( third-person singular simple present harshes present participle harshing, simple past and past participle harshed )

    1. ( intransitive, slang ) To negatively criticize .
      Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
      • 2008 An Na, The Fold‎:
        Stop harshing on yourself. Who said you're the ugly sister?
      • 2009 Richard Powers, Gain:
        “Stop harshing on me, Daddy.” “Harshing?” “Don't yell at me. I didn't do anything.”
    2. ( transitive, slang ) to put a damper on ( a mood ) .
      Dude, you're harshing my buzz .


    Derived terms

Explanation of harsh by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. sharply disagreeable

    2. the harsh facts of court delays
    3. severe

    4. a harsh penalty
    5. unkind or cruel or uncivil

    6. had harsh words
      a harsh and unlovable old tyrant
    7. unpleasantly stern

    8. wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus
    9. disagreeable to the senses

    10. the harsh cry of a blue jay
      harsh cognac
      the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes
      harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway
    11. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    Definition of harsh by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Harsh ( härsh ), a. [Compar. Harsher ( härshẽr ); superl. Harshest.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. härsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]
      1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: disagreeable to the touch. “Harsh sand.” Boyle. disagreeable to the taste. “Berries harsh and crude.” Milton. disagreeable to the ear. “Harsh din.” Milton.

      2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.

      Clarence is so harsh, so blunt. Shak.

      Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed. Dryden.

      3. ( Painting, Drawing, etc. ) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.