What is tough?

  • (adj): Substantially made or constructed.
    Example: "A tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
    Synonyms: sturdy
    See also — Additional definitions below


Tough is an adjective and may describe:

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... Love Must Be Tough is Eleanor McEvoy's 7th studio album ... of a few tracks, were written solely by McEvoy, Love Must Be Tough is a mixture of covers/interpretations and self-penned selections ... In October 2008 Love Must Be Tough was awarded Record of the Year by Hi-Fi+ Magazine ...

More definitions of "tough":

  • (adj): Not given to gentleness or sentimentality.
    Example: "A tough character"
  • (noun): Someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing.
    Synonyms: street fighter
  • (adj): Tough to cut or chew.
  • (adj): Unfortunate or hard to bear.
    Example: "A tough break"
    Synonyms: hard
  • (adj): Feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad').
    Example: "He was feeling tough after a restless night"
    Synonyms: bad
  • (adj): Very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution.
    Example: "The competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
    Synonyms: rugged
  • (adj): Violent and lawless.
    Example: "Tough street gangs"
    Synonyms: ruffianly
  • (adj): Physically toughened.
    Example: "The tough bottoms of his feet"
    Synonyms: toughened

Famous quotes containing the word tough:

    Once in a while, God sends a good white person my way, even to this day. I think it’s God’s way of keeping me from becoming too mean. And when he sends a nice one to me, then I have to eat crow. And honey, crow is a tough old bird to eat, let me tell you.
    Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891)

    Since to the awe of thy imperious wit
    Our troublesome language bends, made only fit
    With her tough thick-ribbed hoops to gird about
    Thy giant fancy, which had proved too stout
    For their soft melting phrases.
    Thomas Carew (1589–1639)

    The upbeat lawyer/negotiator of preadolescence has become a real pro by now—cynical, shrewd, a tough cookie. You’re constantly embroiled in a match of wits. You’re exhausted.
    Ron Taffel (20th century)