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  Definition of tough
  1. a cruel and brutal fellow
  2. an aggressive and violent young criminal
  3. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  4. 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"
  5. substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
  6. 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"
  7. unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
  8. tough to cut or chew
  9. physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"
  10. not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"
  11. violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
Similar Words: bully, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo, hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, toughie, strong-armer, street fighter, bad, sturdy, rugged, hard, toughened, ruffianly

 

See Also: inedible, uneatable, experienced, rugged, strong, hard, insensitive

 

Hyponyms: bullyboy, muscleman, muscle, skinhead, tough guy, plug-ugly

 

Derivational Morphology: browbeat, bully, swagger, strong-arm

 

 
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