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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]
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
The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
It's a tough, tough racket to play consistently.
It is a very tough time, and we expect it to become more tough.
It's tough time that actually reveals your/one's true colour i.e. whether you/one are/is tough or not, rugged or not, persistent or not.
This is tough on us as law enforcement, this is tough on a community. And for the friends of these two boys, this is going to be tough tomorrow for them at school.
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Translations for tough
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- σκληρός, τραχύςGreek
- de mano dura, resistente, severoSpanish
- hankala, kova, sitkeä, vaativa, kovis, ankaraFinnish
- dur, difficileFrench
- fulangach, tapaidh, righinnScottish Gaelic
- たいへん, きつい, 辛いJapanese
- გამძლე, უხეში, მკაცრი, ხულიგანიGeorgian
- کلک, ګران, سختPashto, Pushto
- трудный, тяжкий, тяжёлый, прочный, жёсткийRussian
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