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[tuhf] /tʌf/
adjective, Slang.
tough (def 13).


[tuhf] /tʌf/
noun, Geology
a fragmental rock consisting of the smaller kinds of volcanic detritus, as ash or cinder, usually more or less stratified.
Also called volcanic tuff.
Origin of tuff2
1560-70; < French tuf < Italian tufo. See tufa
Related forms
[tuh-fey-shuh s] /tʌˈfeɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tuff
  • Fuel cells are likely to be well suited for urban areas where it is tuff to imagine a battery charger by every parking space.
  • Wherever there are explosive volcanic eruptions you can expect to find tuff.
  • The presence of tuff intercalated with other rock types was unavoidable because of limitations in available data.
  • The tuff is exposed in the high cliffs in the canyon.
British Dictionary definitions for tuff


a rock formed by the fusing together on the ground of small rock fragments (less than 2 mm across) ejected from a volcano
Derived Forms
tuffaceous (tʌˈfeɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French tuf, from Italian tufo; see tufa
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Word Origin and History for tuff

advertiser's spelling of tough (adj.), attested by 1940.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tuff in Science
A rock made up of particles of volcanic ash, varying in size from fine sand to coarse gravel.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tuff



Tired (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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