tough´ly

tough «tuhf», adjective, adverb, noun, verb.
–adjective.
1. bending without breaking: »

Leather is tough; cardboard is not.

2. hard to cut, tear, or chew: »

The steak was so tough, I couldn't eat it.

3. stiff; sticky: »

tough clay.

4. strong; hardy: »

a tough plant. Donkeys are tough little animals and can carry big loads.

SYNONYM(S): sturdy, stout.
5. hard; difficult: »

a tough job. Dragging the load uphill was tough work for the horses.

SYNONYM(S): laborious, arduous.
6. hard to bear; bad; unpleasant: »

A spell of tough luck discouraged us.

SYNONYM(S): trying.
7. Figurative. a) hard to influence; firm: »

a tough mind.

SYNONYM(S): steadfast, persistent. b) stubborn; obstinate: »

a tough customer.

8. Figurative. severe; violent; strenuous: »

Football is a tough game.

9. U.S. rough; disorderly: »

to live in a tough neighborhood.

–adverb.
Informal. in a tough manner: »

Premier Ross Thatcher, while he talks tough in private, is apparently willing to make at least a gesture (Toronto Globe and Mail).

–noun.
U.S. a rough person; rowdy: »

A gang of toughs attacked the policeman.

–transitive verb.
Usually, tough (it) out, U.S. Informal. to resist or endure (pressure, hardship, or trouble); hold out without yielding.
[Old English tōh]
tough´ly, adverb.
tough´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Tough — Tough, a. [Compar. {Tougher}; superl. {Toughest}.] [OE. tough, AS. t[=o]h, akin to D. taai, LG. taa, tage, tau, OHG. z[=a]hi, G. z[aum]he, and also to AS. getenge near to, close to, oppressive, OS. bitengi.] 1. Having the quality of flexibility… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tough — 高校鉄拳伝タフ/タフ (Koko Tekken den Tough/Tough) Genre action, comédie, arts martiaux, sport Manga : Koko Tekken den Tough Type Seinen Auteur Tetsuya Saruwatari …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tough — [tuf] adj. [ME < OE toh, akin to Ger zäh, tough, viscous, prob. < IE base * denk , to bite > TONGS] 1. strong but pliant; that will bend, twist, etc. without tearing or breaking 2. that will not cut or chew easily [tough steak] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • Tough — may refer to: * Tough (manga), a Japanese manga series by Tetsuya Saruwatari * Tough (song), by country music artist Craig Morgan * Tough (Kurtis Blow album), a 1982 album by Kurtis Blow * Tough (Wishbone Ash album), a 2008 album by Wishbone Ash… …   Wikipedia

  • tough — 〈[ tʌ̣f] Adj.; umg.〉 hart, streng, tüchtig, selbstsicher, bestimmt ● die Verhandlungen waren sehr tough; ihr Auftreten ist tough [engl., „hart, zäh“] * * * tough [taf ; engl. tough, verw. mit ↑ zäh], taff [jidd. toff < hebr. tôv = gut] <Adj …   Universal-Lexikon

  • tough — tough; tough·en; tough·ie; tough·ish; tough·ly; tough·ness; …   English syllables

  • tough — [adj1] sturdy, strong brawny, cohesive, conditioned, dense, durable, fibrous, firm, fit, flinty, hard, hard as nails*, hard bitten*, hardened, hardy, healthy, indigestible, inflexible, leathery, lusty, mighty, molded, resilient, resistant, rigid …   New thesaurus

  • tough´en|er — tough|en «TUHF uhn», transitive verb. to make tough or tougher: »He toughened his muscles by doing exercises. –v.i. to become tough or tougher: »His muscles finally toughened. –tough´en|er, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • tough|en — «TUHF uhn», transitive verb. to make tough or tougher: »He toughened his muscles by doing exercises. –v.i. to become tough or tougher: »His muscles finally toughened. –tough´en|er, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tough —    TOUGH, a parish, in the district of Alford, county of Aberdeen, 5 miles (S. E. by E.) from Alford; containing 762 inhabitants. This place is situated partly in the northern and western portions of the Corrennie range, or Red hill, and partly… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

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