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
3. physically toughened
- the tough bottoms of his feet
4. substantially made or constructed
- a tough all-weather fabric
- some plastics are as tough as metal
5. violent and lawless
- tough street gangs
6. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
- he was feeling tough after a restless night
7. resistant to cutting or chewing
8. unfortunate or hard to bear
- a tough break
9. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
Sentences with tough as an adjective:
- The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
- To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
- Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
- He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.
- A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
- This is a tough crowd.
1. (slang) Used to indicate lack of sympathy
- If you don't like it, tough!
1. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
2. an aggressive and violent young criminal
3. a cruel and brutal fellow
Sentences with tough as a noun:
- They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.
1. To endure.
2. To toughen.