tough: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (tuf), [key]
— adj., adv., n., v. -er, -est,
- 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: tough molasses.
- capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy: tough troops.
- not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn: a tough man to work for.
- hardened; incorrigible: 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): tough luck.
- vigorous; severe; violent: a tough struggle.
- vicious; rough; rowdyish: a tough character; a tough neighborhood.
- practical, realistic, and lacking in sentimentality; tough-minded.
- remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.
- See hang (def. 50).
- in a tough manner.
- a ruffian; rowdy.
- to endure or resist hardship or adversity.
- tough (Thesaurus)