Definitions for Toughtʌf
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
toughtʌf(adj.; adv.; n.; v.)tough•er, tough•est
(adj.)strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.
not brittle or tender.
difficult to chew:
a tough steak.
capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy:
not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn.
a tough criminal.
difficult to perform, accomplish, or deal with.
hard to bear or endure (often used ironically):
vigorous; severe; violent:
a tough struggle.
vicious; rough; rowdy:
a tough neighborhood.
Slang. remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)
(adv.)in a tough manner.
(n.)a ruffian; rowdy.
(v.)tough it out,Informal. to endure or resist hardship or adversity.
Category: Informal, Idiom
Origin of tough:
bef. 900; ME; OE tōh, c. MLG tā, OHG zah
street fighter, tough(noun)
someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer(noun)
an aggressive and violent young criminal
bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(adj)
a cruel and brutal fellow
not given to gentleness or sentimentality
"a tough character"
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"
"the tough bottoms of his feet"
substantially made or constructed
"sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
violent and lawless
"the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
"my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
resistant to cutting or chewing
unfortunate or hard to bear
"had hard luck"; "a tough break"
baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
"a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
physically or emotionally difficult
a tough walk through the jungle; It's been tough for her since he died.
strong and not likely to break easily
a tough material
(of a person) not easily upset or defeated
She's much tougher than she looks.
a tough jail sentence
(of food) difficult to chew
a tough steak
A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.
strong and resilient; sturdy
The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
difficult to cut or chew
To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
rugged or physically hardy
Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.
harsh or severe
rowdy or rough.
A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
difficult or demanding
This is a tough crowd.
Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.
Origin: From toh, from tanhuz.
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
not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews
not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm
stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow
severe; violent; as, a tough storm
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971
Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328
Translations for Tough
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
strong; not easily broken, worn out etc
Plastic is a tough material.
- قوي، متينArabic
- resistentePortuguese (BR)
- σκληρός, γερός, ανθεκτικόςGreek
- resistente, fuerteSpanish
- vastupidav, kõvaEstonian
- čvrst, izdržljivCroatian
- 부러지지 않는Korean
- stiprs; izturīgsLatvian
- robust, solid, seigNorwegian
- پلې وزمه ( لكه ربړ ): كلك، سخت ( لكه غوښه ): مټه كور، وچ: ځيلى ( ځلى )، سرټمبه: ګران، سخت ( لكه كارPashto
- stark, seg, härdigSwedish
- 強韌的，不易磨損的Chinese (Trad.)
- міцний; цупкий; твердийUkrainian
- سخت، ناقابل شکستUrdu
- mạnh, rắnVietnamese
- 坚韧的，不易磨损的Chinese (Simp.)
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