What is the meaning of tough?



  • Not given to gentleness or sentimentality.
    • usage: "a tough character"
  • Very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution.
    • usage: "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
  • Physically toughened.
    • usage: "the tough bottoms of his feet"
  • Substantially made or constructed.
    • usage: "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
  • Violent and lawless.
    • usage: "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
  • Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'. )
    • usage: "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
  • Resistant to cutting or chewing.
  • Unfortunate or hard to bear.
    • usage: "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
  • Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe.
    • usage: "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
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