from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Cooked by boiling in the shell to a solid consistency. Used of eggs.
  • adjective Callous; unfeeling.
  • adjective Unsentimental and practical; tough.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Boiled so long as to be hard: said of eggs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective same as hard-bitten.
  • adjective emotionally hardened; -- used of persons.
  • adjective cooked until the yolk is solid; -- used of eggs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a boiled egg cooked to a solid consistency
  • adjective callous and unsentimental
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of hard-boil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective tough and callous by virtue of experience
  • adjective used of persons; emotionally hardened
  • adjective (eggs) cooked until the yolk is solid


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