Definitions of tough

  1. feeling physical discomfort or pain; " my throat feels bad"; " she felt bad all over"; ( 'tough' is occasionally used colloquially for ` bad' as in" he was feeling tough after a restless night")
  2. a cruel and brutal fellow
  3. an aggressive and violent young criminal
  4. violent and lawless; " the more ruffianly element"; " tough street gangs"
  5. 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"
  6. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  7. substantially made or constructed; " sturdy steel shelves"; " sturdy canvas"; " a tough all- weather fabric"; " some plastics are as tough as metal"
  8. unfortunate or hard to bear; " had hard luck"; " a tough break"
  9. tough to cut or chew
  10. physically toughened; " the tough bottoms of his feet"
  11. 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"
  12. not given to gentleness or sentimentality; " a tough character"
  13. 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.
  14. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews.
  15. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
  16. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
  17. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.
  18. Standing great strain without breaking; not easily broken or separated; able to endure hardship or strain; strong; firm; sticky; as, tough pitch; colloquially, difficult; hard to influence; stubborn; colloquially, rough and bad.
  19. Colloquially, a rough fellow; a rowdy.
  20. Toughly.
  21. Toughness.
  22. Not easily broken: firm: stiff: sticky: tenacious: able to endure hardship.
  23. Not easily broken; tenacious; strong; able to endure hardship.
  24. Capable of being bent or strained without breaking; tenacious.
  25. Vicious; vulgar.
  26. Flexible without being brittle; yielding to force without breaking; firm; strong; not easily broken; able to endure hardship; viscous; tenacious.
  27. Admitting of tugging and pulling without fracture or injury; not easily broken or separated; able to endure hardships; tenacious; difficult, as a tough piece of business.

Antonyms for tough

diseased, accepting, squashy, sympathetic, mindless, patient, understanding, puny, straightforward, painless, crippled, softhearted, perishable, sick, empathic, angel, flabby, infirm, flakey, humane, ailing, nerveless, breakable, flexible, tenderhearted, indulgent, amenable, manageable, lax, gauzy, gentle, cuttable, spongy, weak-kneed, emasculated, responsive, balmy, incapacitated, bearable, accessible, punk, doable, invertebrate, good-hearted, Prostrated, clement, friable, comfortable, comforting, genial, prostrate, benevolent, Gossamery, brittle, tenderised, sheep, squishy, spineless, tolerant, mushy, luxurious, fluent, Handcuffed, clear, delicate, pulpy, commiserative, fragile, tolerable, mild, elementary, embrittled, tenderized, untoughened, forbearing, crisp, fluid, kind, unsound, vulnerable, user-friendly, pliant, undemanding, light, crumbly, unproblematic, unresistant, flaky, impotent, agreeable, wimpy, easy, faint, squooshy, bad, compassionate, cobwebby, empathetic, worn-out, kindly, dove, compromising, powerless, peaceful, sleazy, warmhearted, moderate, peaky, weak, tender, soft, milk-and-water, pliable, simple, friendly, endurable, good, lamb, charitable, beneficent, poorly, wasted, softened, insubstantial, protective, run down, susceptible, debilitated, sensitive, wishy-washy, Sickened, gossamer, achievable, merciful, down-and-out, effortless, snap, fatty, asthenic, helpless, weakling, unhealthy, unwell, namby-pamby, hospitable, temporary, chewable, frothy, mortal, willing, downhill, Hamstrung, filmy, restful, weakened, enfeebled, transient, Impuissant, acquiescent, feeble, worn, relaxing, unsubstantial, wet, easygoing, benignant, limp-wristed, flimsy, comfy, short, cheap, sentimental, compliant, resistless, crispy, low, wimpish, yielding, Sapped, ill, characterless, hands down, frangible, cozy, down, reposeful, laid-back, languid, relaxed, exhausted, soothing, paralyzed, uncomplicated, facile, nonviolent, snug, kindhearted, brickle, ready, temperate, adipose, slight, smooth, effete, calm, pleasant, complaisant, frail, lenient, indisposed, enervated.

Quotes of tough

  1. Our two biggest rivals had adjusted their whole season to this one aim of beating us. Of course, it is a big compliment that they were so motivated to stop us but it was very tough to face two matches like that so close together. Suddenly three trophies are down to one. – Dennis Bergkamp
  2. I'd like to do things to make money to save myself but right now I can't do nothing. If they want to put me in jail, they can do that. It's kind of tough – Manute Bol
  3. If you're a young couple when you start out and are both working, trying to raise children, that is tough – Eric Braeden
  4. Higher taxes is the road to ruin. We must and we will shrink our government, and that means making some tough choices, tightening our belts. – Chris Christie
  5. Drinking bear is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's rebellion. – Alice Cooper
  6. It's not tough at all as long as the fans are yelling, screaming and hollering. – Bill Laimbeer
  7. I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word. – David Mamet
  8. I know it's tough Everybody in baseball knows its tough I'm just going to give it my best shot. – Mark McGwire
  9. I just finished a novel, and I'm back kind of noodling on the screenplays. Screenplays are tough I am making music, I'm just not sure what kind of music it is or where it's going. – Michael Nesmith
  10. In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed an interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them. – Barack Obama
  11. We must renew our efforts to keep our communities safe, from the dangers of terrorists from foreign lands and from common criminals here at home. Let no criminal believe that tough fiscal times will yield an open cell door and a ticket to freedom. – Bill Owens
  12. It was always tough but today we are in the throes of something we have never seen in our history. It's clear in recent times the market is looking for a bottom. – Sumner Redstone
  13. Beating Pakistan is always special because they are a tough team and we have a bit if a history regarding Pakistan. – Sachin Tendulkar
  14. I realized that I would have some very tough sledding, and I was very discouraged because I didn't see much hope of getting into the field I wanted to get into with no college education. – Clyde Tombaugh
  15. It was tough to try to be serious in front of Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan with all this stuff in my face. There's never been a character that's looked this extreme. – Rick Yune

Usage examples for tough

  1. " It was pretty tough agreed McPhearson. – Christopher and the Clockmakers by Sara Ware Bassett
  2. Well, of all the tough looking places I've ever struck, I think this takes the cake! – The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island by Lawrence J. Leslie
  3. " It would be a tough job to lift it out," Rawlins said. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  4. We did have rather a tough time in that old boat. – Ralph Granger's Fortunes by William Perry Brown
  5. Tough luck, wasn't it? – Red Pepper Burns by Grace S. Richmond
  6. It was Tough McCarty. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  7. The same day on which he received this letter a customer came into his room about ten o'clock- and he was a tough customer, too. – Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewdson
  8. " It would be tough I said, considering. – The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  9. " I'm kind of under weight, but I'm a pretty tough guy, for all. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  10. " Pretty tough ribs to break, too," remarked the captain, with a look of profound distress. – Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. Wal, I heerd what a tough place this heah Benton was- so I jest come. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  12. It's a tough lot- a mighty tough lot. – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  13. He had promised it; he was known for a man of his word; and owing to the morning's interruption it would be a tough job to finish, at the best. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. " Tough luck, all right. – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  15. Thin stringy cattle that gave up meat as tough as leather. – Deadly City by Paul W. Fairman
  16. You were running with a tough bunch. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  17. We've got a tough few days ahead of us but we'll tackle it together. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  18. " That was pretty tough I muttered. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  19. You say I have climbed up alone, from being a tough little would- be actress, who lived over a saloon in O'Farrell Street, to this! – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. " Tough luck," a thin voice said near him. – The Lost Warship by Robert Moore Williams

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