[ UK /tˈʌf/ ]
[ US /ˈtəf/ ]
  1. physically toughened
    the tough bottoms of his feet
  2. resistant to cutting or chewing
  3. substantially made or constructed
    a tough all-weather fabric
    some plastics are as tough as metal
    sturdy steel shelves
    sturdy canvas
  4. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
    he was feeling tough after a restless night
    my throat feels bad
    she felt bad all over
  5. not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    a tough character
  6. very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    it was a tough job
    a rugged competitive examination
    the rugged conditions of frontier life
    the competition was tough
    it's a tough life
  7. violent and lawless
    the more ruffianly element
    tough street gangs
  8. unfortunate or hard to bear
    had hard luck
    a tough break
  9. 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
  1. a cruel and brutal fellow
  2. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  3. an aggressive and violent young criminal
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How To Use tough In A Sentence

  • Deefer took others off to see if there might not be a few plump wherries in the hills; they would make a nice change from the tough herdbeast meat, the supply of which was now virtually ex - hausted. Nerilka's Story
  • He had to toughen his skin against constant and vile abuse. The Sun
  • Hale and hearty, though aged, strong-featured, with the tough and leathery skin produced by long years of sunbeat and weatherbeat, his was the unmistakable sea face and eyes; and at once there came to me a bit of Kipling's A Winner of the Victoria Cross
  • Rob's strengths lay in absorbing the pressure and criticism, and in doing this well he more than proved himself courageous, gutsy and tough.
  • The white plates are composed of a very tough but light titanium alloy that provides a good deal of extra protection to the body's vitals.
  • His self-image is rooted in robotic toughness, like the shape-shifting, molten-metal fiend in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • When the toughest of the problems strike me, I just remind myself that God is on my side. RVM 
  • The government is proposing tougher punishments for officials convicted of corruption.
  • Tough, stylish, and super comfy, this leather slip-on is the perfect after-sport snowshoe.
  • Mineral filled, toughened, lubricated polybutylene terephthalate resin for injection moldingsurface aesthetics.
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