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