follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

hard-pressed

[hahrd-prest] /ˈhɑrdˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
Also, hardpressed.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
Synonyms
assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hard pressed

hard-pressed

adjective
1.
in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed
2.
subject to severe competition
3.
subject to severe attack
4.
closely pursued
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with hard pressed

hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [ c. 1800 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hard-pressed

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hard

8
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hard pressed