harsh

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Middle Low German harsch (rough), literally "hairy," from haer (hair). Cognate with German harsch.

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Adjective[edit]

harsh (comparative harsher, superlative harshest)

  1. Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
  2. Severe or cruel.
    • 2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      Great news for City, but the result was harsh on Neil Warnock's side who gave as good as they got even though the odds were stacked against them.

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Verb[edit]

harsh (third-person singular simple present harshes, present participle harshing, simple past and past participle harshed)

  1. (intransitive, slang) To negatively criticize.
    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
    • 2008, An Na, The Fold‎:
      Stop harshing on yourself. Who said you're the ugly sister?
    • 2009, Richard Powers, Gain:
      “Stop harshing on me, Daddy.” “Harshing?” “Don't yell at me. I didn't do anything.”
  2. (transitive, slang) to put a damper on (a mood).
    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
    • 1999, Kurt Andersen, Turn of the century‎, page 508:
      On their third date, Lizzie had actually said to him, "You're sort of harshing my mellow." It made him wonder if she might be stupid, and not just young.
    • 2003, Robert Ludlum, The Janson Directive‎, page 355:
      "They're mostly mercenaries these days. But whose?" "Serbian mercenaries? You're harshing my groove, man. I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear that...."
    • 2006, MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unpopular‎, page 776:
      "Getting back to the issue of the child," Tina said, harshing our buzz as usual, "I really think you should reconsider...."
    • 2008, Kate William, Secrets‎ - Page 70:
      He's totally harshing my vibe," Lila said airily. "Someone should tell him to get over himself. He's lucky I even invited him!"

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