Definitions for Toughtʌf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

toughtʌf(adj.; adv.; n.; v.)tough•er, tough•est

  1. (adj.)strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.

  2. not brittle or tender.

  3. difficult to chew:

    a tough steak.

  4. capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy:

    tough troops.

  5. not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn.

  6. hardened; incorrigible:

    a tough criminal.

  7. difficult to perform, accomplish, or deal with.

  8. hard to bear or endure (often used ironically):

    tough luck.

  9. vigorous; severe; violent:

    a tough struggle.

  10. vicious; rough; rowdy:

    a tough neighborhood.

  11. Slang. remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  12. (adv.)in a tough manner.

  13. (n.)a ruffian; rowdy.

  14. (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

tough′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, tough(noun)

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer(noun)

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(adj)

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. tough(adj)

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, tough(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"

  6. tough, toughened(adj)

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, tough(adj)

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, tough(adj)

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, tough(adj)

    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"

  10. tough(adj)

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, tough(adj)

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. 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

  1. tough(adjective)ʌf

    physically or emotionally difficult

    a tough walk through the jungle; It's been tough for her since he died.

  2. toughʌf

    strong and not likely to break easily

    a tough material

  3. toughʌf

    (of a person) not easily upset or defeated

    She's much tougher than she looks.

  4. toughʌf

    severe

    a tough jail sentence

  5. toughʌf

    (of food) difficult to chew

    a tough steak

Wiktionary

  1. tough(Noun)

    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.

  2. tough(Verb)

    To endure.

  3. tough(Verb)

    To toughen.

  4. tough(Adjective)

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

  5. tough(Adjective)

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

  6. tough(Adjective)

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

  7. tough(Adjective)

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

  8. tough(Adjective)

    harsh or severe

  9. tough(Adjective)

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

  10. tough(Adjective)

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

  11. tough(Adjective)

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

  12. Origin: From toh, from tanhuz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    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

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328


Translations for Tough

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tough(adjective)

strong; not easily broken, worn out etc

Plastic is a tough material.

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