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    tough

    tough - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tough

    Definition
    (noun) someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    Synonyms : street fighter
    Definition
    (noun) an aggressive and violent young criminal
    Synonyms : goon , hood , hoodlum , punk , strong-armer , thug , toughie
    Definition
    (noun) a cruel and brutal fellow
    Synonyms : bully , hooligan , roughneck , rowdy , ruffian , yob , yobbo , yobo
    Definition
    (adj) not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    Example Sentence
    • a tough character
    Definition
    (adj) very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    Synonyms : rugged
    Example Sentence
    • a rugged competitive examination
    • the rugged conditions of frontier life
    • the competition was tough
    • it's a tough life
    • it was a tough job
    Definition
    (adj) physically toughened
    Synonyms : toughened
    Example Sentence
    • the tough bottoms of his feet
    Definition
    (adj) substantially made or constructed
    Synonyms : sturdy
    Example Sentence
    • sturdy steel shelves
    • sturdy canvas
    • a tough all-weather fabric
    • some plastics are as tough as metal
    Definition
    (adj) violent and lawless
    Synonyms : ruffianly
    Example Sentence
    • the more ruffianly element
    • tough street gangs
    Definition
    (adj) feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
    Synonyms : bad
    Example Sentence
    • my throat feels bad
    • she felt bad all over
    • he was feeling tough after a restless night
    Definition
    (adj) resistant to cutting or chewing Definition
    (adj) unfortunate or hard to bear
    Synonyms : hard
    Example Sentence
    • had hard luck
    • a tough break
    Definition
    (adj) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
    Example Sentence
    • a baffling problem
    • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
    • a problematic situation at home
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