Hard-boiled - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hɑːrd ˈbɔɪld|  American pronunciation of the word hard-boiled
Brit.  |ˌhɑːdˈbɔɪld|  British pronunciation of the word hard-boiled

adjective

- tough and callous by virtue of experience (syn: hard- bitten, pugnacious)
- used of persons; emotionally hardened (syn: case- hardened, hardened)
- (eggs) cooked until the yolk is solid

Examples

His performance in the film was a caricature of a hard-boiled detective.

...the crime-does-not-pay moralizing is just window dressing for nasty hard-boiled stories...

...a novel about a hard-boiled dick and the softhearted madam who loves him...

The hard-boiled eggs were tough and rubbery.

slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach

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