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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  without  brittleness; 
  yielding  to  force  without  breaking;  capable  of  resisting 
  great  strain;  as  the  ligaments  of  animals  are  remarkably 
  tough.  ``Tough  roots  and  stubs.  ''  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Not  easily  broken;  able  to  endure  hardship;  firm;  strong; 
  as  tough  sinews.  --Cowper. 
 
  A  body  made  of  brass,  the  crone  demands,  .  .  .  Tough 
  to  the  last  and  with  no  toil  to  tire.  --Dryden. 
 
  The  basis  of  his  character  was  caution  combined  with 
  tough  tenacity  of  purpose.  --J.  A. 
  Symonds 
 
  3.  Not  easily  separated;  viscous;  clammy;  tenacious;  as 
  tough  phlegm. 
 
  4.  Stiff;  rigid;  not  flexible;  stubborn;  as  a  tough  bow. 
 
  So  tough  a  frame  she  could  not  bend.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  Severe;  violent;  as  a  tough  storm.  [Colloq.]  ``  A  tough 
  debate.  ''  --Fuller. 
 
  {To  make  it  tough},  to  make  it  a  matter  of  difficulty;  to 
  make  it  a  hard  matter.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tough 
  adj  1:  not  given  to  gentleness  or  sentimentality;  "a  tough 
  character"  [ant:  {tender}] 
  2:  very  difficult;  severely  testing  stamina  or  resolution;  "a 
  rugged  competitive  examination";  "the  rugged  conditions  of 
  frontier  life";  "the  competition  was  tough";  "it's  a  tough 
  life";  "it  was  a  tough  job"  [syn:  {rugged}] 
  3:  physically  toughened;  "the  tough  bottoms  of  his  feet"  [syn: 
  {toughened}]  [ant:  {tender}] 
  4:  substantially  made  or  constructed;  "sturdy  steel  shelves"; 
  "sturdy  canvas";  "a  tough  all-weather  fabric";  "some 
  plastics  are  as  tough  as  metal"  [syn:  {sturdy}] 
  5:  violent  and  lawless;  "the  more  ruffianly  element";  "tough 
  street  gangs"  [syn:  {ruffianly}] 
  6:  feeling  physical  discomfort  or  pain;  "my  throat  feels  bad"; 
  "she  felt  bad  all  over";  ('tough'  is  occasionally  used 
  colloquially  for  `bad'  as  in  "he  was  feeling  tough  after  a 
  restless  night")  [syn:  {bad}] 
  7:  tough  to  cut  or  chew  [ant:  {tender}] 
  8:  unfortunate  or  hard  to  bear;  "had  hard  luck";  "a  tough 
  break"  [syn:  {hard}] 
  n  1:  someone  who  learned  to  fight  in  the  streets  rather  than 
  being  formally  trained  in  the  sport  of  boxing  [syn:  {street 
  fighter}] 
  2:  an  aggressive  young  criminal  [syn:  {hood},  {hoodlum},  {goon}, 
  {punk},  {thug},  {toughie}] 
  3:  a  cruel  and  brutal  fellow  [syn:  {bully},  {hooligan},  {ruffian}, 
  {roughneck},  {rowdy},  {yob},  {yobo},  {yobbo}] 




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