tough [tuhf] /tʌf/ Show IPA adjective, tougher, toughest, adverb, noun, verb
strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.
not brittle or tender.
difficult to masticate, as food:
a tough steak.
of viscous consistency, as liquid or semiliquid matter:
capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy:
not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn:
a tough man to work for.
a tough criminal.
difficult to perform, accomplish, or deal with; hard, trying, or troublesome:
a tough problem.
hard to bear or endure (often used ironically):
vigorous; severe; violent:
a tough struggle.
vicious; rough; rowdyish:
a tough character; a tough neighborhood.
practical, realistic, and lacking in sentimentality; tough-minded.
Slang. remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.
hang tough, Slang. hang
tough it out, Informal. to endure or resist hardship or adversity.
before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English tōh; compare Dutch taai, German zäh(e)
1. firm, hard. 5. durable. 6. inflexible.
1. fragile. 5. feeble, weak.