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Meanings for tough

pertaining to something sturdy and that can endure harshness

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"

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"

tough, toughened(adj)

physically toughened

"the tough bottoms of his feet"

sturdy, tough(adj)

substantially made or constructed

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

ruffianly, tough(adj)

violent and lawless

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

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"


resistant to cutting or chewing

hard, tough(adj)

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"

not easily chewed

her steak was so tough that she suggested the waiter use it as a hockey puck

able to withstand hardship, strain, or exposure

this is a tough plant that easily withstands harsh winters

difficult to endure

tough weather conditions on the top of the mountain all year long

requiring considerable physical or mental effort

even if you study for it, it's still a tough exam

requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling

handled a tough situation with the aplomb and tact of a true diplomat

given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint

a tough supervisor who docked the pay of anyone who punched in late, no matter what the reason

a violent, brutal person who is often a member of an organized gang

didn't want her son hanging out with the neighborhood toughs

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Example Sentences of tough

I had a tough day.

Do you really want to know how tough I am?

My immediate boss is tough to please.

To begin with, that kind of work is too tough for me.

The meat is too tough to eat.

It was tough to finish the work.

Tom had to make a tough decision.

This kind of wood is tough to saw through.

Tom knew it was going to be tough to convince Mary to go to the hospital.

Tom knew it was going to be tough to convince Mary that she was too old to drive.

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Synonyms for tough

yobo hoodlum toughie rowdy hood bully hooligan goon yobbo yob strong armer roughneck ruffian street fighter punk thug sticker stumper lubber oaf stumblebum tinder kindling cowling poser exhaust hood cowl punk rocker clod spunk lummox punk rock lout lump touchwood lens hood gawk bonnet cap rugged baffling toughened problematic bad sturdy hard problematical elusive ruffianly knotty broken furrowed tempered hardened treated stout inflexible stalwart uncompromising hardy big regretful spoiled uncollectible risky speculative forged defective sorry spoilt unsound high risk unfit severe arduous grueling toilsome heavy voiceless laborious difficult knockout gruelling intemperate concentrated punishing unvoiced operose backbreaking surd strong subtle gnarled involved debatable snarly gnarly tangled knobbed knotted tortuous convoluted snarled resistent stubborn lentous fibrous refractory unmanageable tenacious firm adhesive cohesive not brittle not easily broken coriaceous leathery obdurate hard to deal with violent harsh strict stringent hardline hard line rigorous tight cruel rough fierce dura rigid durum challenging stiff strongly worded grim chewy cast iron hard bitten inured vigorous bitter brutal burdensome excruciating grievous hardhanded inhuman murderous onerous oppressive searing trying Augean demanding effortful exacting formidable hellacious herculean killer moiling pick and shovel strenuous sweaty tall testing uphill catchy delicate dodgy hairy nasty prickly sensitive spiny sticky thorny ticklish touchy tricksy tricky austere authoritarian flinty heavy handed ramrod stern gangbanger gangsta gangster gorilla mobster mug plug ugly toughy

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Tough in different languages

  • صارمArabic
  • zäh German
  • σκληρός τραχύς Greek
  • de mano dura resistente severo Spanish
  • سفت Persian
  • hankala kova sitkeä vaativa kovis ankara Finnish
  • dur difficile French
  • righin Irish
  • fulangach, tapaidh, righinnScots Gaelic
  • rágós Hungarian
  • duro Italian
  • たいへん, きつい, 辛いJapanese
  • გამძლე უხეში მკაცრი ხულიგანი Georgian
  • lenta Latin
  • taai Dutch
  • کلک, ګران, سختPashto
  • resistente Portuguese
  • трудный тяжкий тяжёлый прочный жёсткий Russian
  • tuff Swedish
  • sert Turkish
  • 强硬 Chinese

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