- strong and resilient; sturdy
- The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
- (of food) 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.
- (of weather etc) harsh or severe
- rowdy or rough.
- A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
- (of questions etc) difficult or demanding
- This is a tough crowd.
- (material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.
- (slang) Used to indicate lack of sympathy
- If you don't like it, tough!
NounTough (plural Toughs)
- 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.
Adverbs for Tough
disagreeably; unpleasantly; unpalatably; inedibly; unwarrantably; inadmissibly; curiously; unreasonably; unpardonably; outrageously; scandalously; shamefully; troublesomely; wantonly; dreadfully; inconceivably; uncommonly; extraordinarily; singularly; particularly; viciously; wickedly; ridiculously.
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