Definition of hardscrabble in English:

hardscrabble

adjective

North American
  • Involving hard work and struggle.

    • ‘the film recounts a year in the hardscrabble life of a tenant farmer’
    unproductive, barren, unyielding, unfruitful, uncultivatable

Pronunciation

hardscrabble

/ˈhärdˌskrab(ə)l/ /ˈhɑrdˌskræb(ə)l/

Origin

Late 18th century from hard + scrabble.