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[hahrd-on, -awn] /ˈhɑrdˌɒn, -ˌɔn/
noun, plural hard-ons. Slang: Vulgar.
an erection of the penis.
Origin of hard-on
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Perhaps you'll want me to buy a blue sofa pillow or some other Yale thing," sighed Will hardon.

  • Doctor hardon apparently thought it could, for there was a strange smile upon his countenance.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
  • It never rains but it pours, and the storm fell heavily now upon the head of Doctor hardon of Somesham.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
  • Doctor hardon, portly and comfortable-looking, sat reading the evening paper just delivered from the stationer.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
  • One man was hit, our signal officer, Lieutenant hardon, his wound being very slight.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • I don't believe you know a bit more about Will hardon's bravery than you did before.

  • Oh, say, did you hear about the time Will hardon had with the Dicky, last week?

  • Doctor hardon turned almost purple with rage, but by an effort he choked it down.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
  • My name is hardon; I came to see my father for the last time.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
Slang definitions & phrases for hardon



  1. An erection of the penis: It was another one of those subway things. Like having a hard-on at random (1893+)
  2. A severe and intolerant person, esp a martinet leader or superior: Stone is turning into a world-class hard-on (1980s+)

Related Terms

have a hard-on for someone or something

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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