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hard-grained (comparative more hard-grained, superlative most hard-grained)

  1. Having a dense firm grain.
    hard-grained wood
  2. Uninviting; dour.
    • 1832, The ladies' cabinet of fashion, music and romance
      A few sentences will suffice to indicate an idea of it. The pervading characteristic of all our Scottish songs seems to be that hard-grained, and not unfrequently sarcastic sagacity, which is the national mark, go where you will.
    • 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1853, OCLC 999756093:
      Though a hard-grained man, close, dry, and silent, he can enjoy old wine with the best. He has a priceless bin of port in some artful cellar under the Fields, which is one of his many secrets.