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1. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] not given to gentleness or sentimentality.

Synonyms

  • hard-bitten
  • hard
  • hard-boiled
  • pugnacious
  • insensitive
  • tough-minded

Antonyms

  • tender
  • sensitive
  • right
  • innocent

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Words that Rhyme with Tough

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How do you pronounce tough?

Pronounce tough as təf.

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Example sentences of the word tough


1. Adjective
Use bleach water on the ground and scrub with a clean broom, bristle brush or tough mop.

Quotes containing the word tough


1. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

2. My identity was a big issue when I was a teenager, and I had a lot of questions, like: 'Who am I?' 'Who do I belong to?' But when I was still quite young, I decided that belonging is a tough process in life, and I'd better say I belonged to myself and the world rather than belonging to one nationality or another.
- Hiam Abbass

3. I think God has a sense of humor, and the way my lessons come from God is very funny. I have to laugh at myself even if it's a tough lesson.
- Yvette Nicole Brown

2. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution.

Synonyms

  • hard
  • rugged

Antonyms

  • superior
  • uncover
  • decriminalise

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] physically toughened.

Synonyms

  • thickened
  • weather-beaten
  • experienced
  • calloused
  • inured
  • strong
  • callous
  • hardened
  • experient
  • enured
  • rugged

Antonyms

  • tender
  • inexperienced
  • weak
  • lawful

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] substantially made or constructed.

Synonyms

  • rugged

Antonyms

  • inelastic
  • thin

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] violent and lawless.

Synonyms

  • violent

Antonyms

  • straight line
  • straighten

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] feeling physical discomfort or pain (tough' is occasionally used colloquially forbad').

Synonyms

  • uncomfortable

Antonyms

  • orderly
  • bad

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] unfortunate or hard to bear.

Synonyms

  • hard

Antonyms

  • legalize
  • permit

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. tough

noun. ['ˈtʌf'] someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing.

Synonyms

  • battler
  • street fighter
  • fighter
  • belligerent
  • combatant

Antonyms

  • stale
  • nonalcoholic
  • mild
  • regular

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe.

Synonyms

  • problematical
  • elusive
  • hard
  • problematic
  • baffling
  • knotty

Antonyms

  • fat
  • substantial
  • palatable
  • digestible

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. tough

adjective. ['ˈtʌf'] resistant to cutting or chewing.

Synonyms

  • chewy
  • leathery
  • tough-skinned
  • cartilaginous
  • gristly
  • rubbery
  • unchewable
  • coriaceous
  • stringy
  • inedible
  • leatherlike
  • sinewy
  • uneatable
  • fibrous
  • leathered

Antonyms

  • edible
  • decriminalize
  • allow
  • legal

Etymology

  • toh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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