1. [ adjective ] unpleasantly stern
Synonyms: rough

"wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus" "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

Related terms: unpleasant
2. [ adjective ] disagreeable to the senses

"the harsh cry of a blue jay" "harsh cognac" "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes" "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"

Related terms: unpleasant
3. [ adjective ] extremely unkind or cruel

"had harsh words" "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"

Related terms: unkind
4. [ adjective ] (of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering
Synonyms: cruel rigorous unkind brutal

"brutal weather" "northern winters can be cruel" "a cruel world" "a harsh climate "a rigorous climate" "unkind winters"

Related terms: hard
5. [ adjective ] severe

"a harsh penalty"

Related terms: heavy
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9962
7. [ adjective ] sharply disagreeable; rigorous
Synonyms: abrasive

"the harsh facts of court delays" "an abrasive character"

Related terms: disagreeable
Similar spelling:   Harshaw