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Adjective: tough (tougher,toughest)  túf
  1. Not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    "a tough character"
     
  2. Very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job";
    - rugged
     
  3. Physically toughened
    "the tough bottoms of his feet";
    - toughened
     
  4. Substantially made or constructed
    "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal";
    - sturdy
     
  5. Violent and lawless
    "tough street gangs";
    - ruffianly
     
  6. Feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')
    "he was feeling tough after a restless night";
    - bad
     
  7. Resistant to cutting or chewing
     
  8. Unfortunate or hard to bear
    "a tough break";
    - hard
     
  9. Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend, solve or believe
    "a tough problem";
    - baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical
Noun: tough  túf
  1. Someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    - street fighter
     
  2. An aggressive and violent young criminal
    - hood, hoodlum, goon, punk [N. Amer], thug, toughie, strong-armer
     
  3. An uncultured, aggressive, rude, noisy troublemaker
    - bully, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob [Brit], yobo [Brit], yobbo [Brit], ned [UK], scally [UK]

Sounds like: torturous, tor, toug

Derived forms: toughs, toughest, tougher

See also: bad, callous, calloused, cartilaginous, chewy, coriaceous, difficult, enured, experienced, experient, fibrous, gristly, hard, hard-bitten, hard-boiled, hardened, hempen, inedible, insensitive, inured, leathered, leatherlike, leathery, pugnacious, rubbery, rugged, sinewy, stringy, strong, thickened, tough-minded, tough-skinned, unchewable, uncomfortable, uneatable, unsentimental, violent, weather-beaten

Type of: aggressor, assailant, assailer, assaulter, attacker, battler, belligerent, combatant, criminal, crook, felon, fighter, malefactor, outlaw, scrapper

Antonym: tender

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