Pronunciation Adjective

tough (comparative tougher, superlative toughest)

  1. Strong and resilient; sturdy.
    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
  2. (of food) Difficult to cut or chew.
    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
  3. Rugged or physically hardy.
    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
  4. Stubborn.
    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.
  5. (of weather etc) Harsh or severe.
  6. Rowdy or rough.
    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
  7. (of questions, etc.) Difficult or demanding.
    This is a tough crowd.
  8. (material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: durão
Translations Translations
  • German: zäh
  • Russian: про́чный
  1. (slang) Used to indicate lack of sympathy
    If you don't like it, tough!
  • German: Pech
  • Spanish: ni modo

tough (plural toughs)

  1. A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.
Translations Verb

tough (toughs, present participle toughing; past and past participle toughed)

  1. To endure.
  2. To toughen.

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