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Definitions of tough

  1. 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") Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a cruel and brutal fellow Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an aggressive and violent young criminal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. tough to cut or chew Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Standing great strain without breaking; not easily broken or separated; able to endure hardship or strain; strong; firm; sticky; as, tough pitch; colloquially, difficult; hard to influence; stubborn; colloquially, rough and bad. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Colloquially, a rough fellow; a rowdy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Toughly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Toughness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Not easily broken: firm: stiff: sticky: tenacious: able to endure hardship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Not easily broken; tenacious; strong; able to endure hardship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Capable of being bent or strained without breaking; tenacious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Vicious; vulgar. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Flexible without being brittle; yielding to force without breaking; firm; strong; not easily broken; able to endure hardship; viscous; tenacious. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. Admitting of tugging and pulling without fracture or injury; not easily broken or separated; able to endure hardships; tenacious; difficult, as a tough piece of business. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; of objects and people; as, tough sinews. dictgcide_fs
  29. Difficult to do, perform, or accomplish; as, a tough job. dictgcide_fs
  30. Prone to aggressive or violent behavior; rowdyish; of people, or groups; as, a tough neighborhood; a tough character. dictgcide_fs
  31. A person who is tough{7}; a ruffian; a thug; as, a cluster of neighborhood toughs hanging out on the corner. dictgcide_fs
  32. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Flexible but not brittle, hard to break or cut, as a beefsteak as t. as leather, requires the toughest steel; (of clay &c.) stiff, tenacious; able to endure hardship, hardy; unyielding, stubborn; difficult, as found it a t. job; (colloq., of luck &c.) hard, severe, unpleasant. Hence toughen v.t. & i., toughish a., toughly adv., toughness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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