Definitions for: Tough


[n] a cruel and brutal fellow
[n] an aggressive and violent young criminal
[n] someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
[adj] feeling physical discomfort or pain; "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad' as in"he was feeling tough after a restless night")
[adj] substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
[adj] very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution; "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
[adj] unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
[adj] tough to cut or chew
[adj] physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"
[adj] not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"
[adj] violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tough, a. [Compar. Tougher; superl. Toughest.] [OE.
tough, AS. t[=o]h, akin to D. taai, LG. taa, tage, tau, OHG.
z[=a]hi, G. z[aum]he, and also to AS. getenge near to, close
to, oppressive, OS. bitengi.]
1. Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness;
yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting
great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably
tough. ``Tough roots and stubs. '' --Milton.

2. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong;
as, tough sinews. --Cowper.

A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . . Tough
to the last, and with no toil to tire. --Dryden.

The basis of his character was caution combined with
tough tenacity of purpose. --J. A.
Symonds.

3. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as,
tough phlegm.

4. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.

So tough a frame she could not bend. --Dryden.

5. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm. [Colloq.] `` A tough
debate. '' --Fuller.

To make it tough, to make it a matter of difficulty; to
make it a hard matter. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: bad, bully, calloused, cartilaginous, chewy, coriaceous, difficult, enured, fibrous, goon, gristly, hard, hard-bitten, hard-boiled, hardened, hempen, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, inured, leathered, leatherlike, leathery, pugnacious, punk, roughneck, rowdy, rubbery, ruffian, ruffianly, rugged, sinewy, street fighter, stringy, strong-armer, sturdy, thickened, thug, toughened, toughie, tough-minded, unchewable, uncomfortable, unsentimental, violent, weather-beaten, yob, yobbo, yobo

Antonyms: tender, untoughened

See Also: aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker, battler, belligerent, bullyboy, combatant, criminal, crook, experienced, felon, fighter, inedible, insensitive, malefactor, muscleman, outlaw, plug-ugly, scrapper, skinhead, strong, tough guy, uneatable

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