a.1.Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough.
2.Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; - of objects and people; as, tough sinews.
A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . .
Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire.
- Dryden.
3.Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
4.Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
So tough a frame she could not bend.
- Dryden.
5.Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.
6.Difficult to do, perform, or accomplish; as, a tough job.
7.Prone to aggressive or violent behavior; rowdyish; - of people, or groups; as, a tough neighborhood; a tough character.
To make it tough
to make it a matter of difficulty; to make it a hard matter.
- Chaucer.
n.1.A person who is tough{7}; a ruffian; a thug; as, a cluster of neighborhood toughs hanging out on the corner.
Noun1.tough - someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
Synonyms: street fighter
2.Toughtough - an aggressive and violent young criminal
3.Toughtough - a cruel and brutal fellow
Adj.1.tough - not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"
tender - given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
2.tough - 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"
Synonyms: rugged
3.tough - physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"
Synonyms: toughened
untoughened, tender - physically untoughened; "tender feet"
4.tough - substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
Synonyms: sturdy
5.tough - violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
Synonyms: ruffianly
6.tough - 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"
Synonyms: bad
7.tough - tough to cut or chew
tender - easy to cut or chew; "tender beef"
8.tough - unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
Synonyms: hard
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