from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
- adj. Disagreeable to the senses, especially to the sense of hearing.
- adj. Severe, cruel, or exacting: harsh punishment; a harsh overseer.
- adj. Unpleasant or uncomfortable: a harsh wilderness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
- adj. Severe or cruel.
- v. To negatively criticize.
- v. to put a damper on (a mood).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rough; disagreeable; grating.
- adj. disagreeable to the touch.
- adj. disagreeable to the taste.
- adj. disagreeable to the ear.
- adj. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.
- adj. Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough to the touch or to any of the senses; sharp or sour to the taste, discordant to the ear, inharmonious to the eye, etc.; grating; rasping; acrid; irritating: as, a harsh surface; harsh fruit; a harsh voice; a harsk combination of colors.
- Hard or severe in effect; of such a nature as to be repellent from any physical point of view.
- Repugnant to the mind or the sensibilities; mentally or morally forbidding; hard to bear, endure, resolve upon, etc.
- Austere in character or severe in action; stern; hard; unkind.
- Synonyms and Severe, Rigorous, etc. (see austere); acrimonious, ill-natured, ill-tempered, uncivil, ungracious, churlish, brutal.
- To sound harshly; crack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unpleasantly stern
- adj. disagreeable to the senses
- adj. sharply disagreeable; rigorous
- adj. severe
- adj. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
- adj. unkind or cruel or uncivil
Middle English harsk, of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Middle Low German harsch ("rough"), literally "hairy," from haer ("hair"). (Wiktionary)