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Definition 1: an aggressive and violent young criminal - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is a kind of ...) someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

(... is a kind of tough ) a hired thug

Definition 2: a cruel and brutal fellow - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is a kind of ...) someone who attacks

(... is a kind of tough ) a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction

(... is a kind of tough ) a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard

"the drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"

(... is a kind of tough ) a member of any of several British or American groups consisting predominantly of young people who shave their heads; some engage in white supremacist and anti-immigrant activities and this leads to the perception that all skinheads are racist and violent

(... is a kind of tough ) someone who bullies weaker people

Definition 3: someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is a kind of ...) someone who fights (or is fighting)

Definition 4: resistant to cutting or chewing - [adjective denoting all]

(tough is similar to ...) difficult to chew

(tough is similar to ...) requiring much chewing

(tough is similar to ...) resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable

(tough is similar to ...) (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew

(tough is similar to ...) having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute

(tough is similar to ...) having a relatively tough outer covering

(means also ...) not suitable for food

Definition 5: physically toughened - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tough bottoms of his feet

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

"calloused skin" "with a workman's callous hands"

(tough is similar to ...) made tough by habitual exposure

"hardened fishermen" "a peasant, dark, lean-faced, wind-inured" "our successors...may be graver, more inured and equable men"

(tough is similar to ...) tanned and coarsened from being outdoors

"a weather-beaten face"

(means also ...) sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring

"with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"

(means also ...) having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

(means also ...) having strength or power greater than average or expected

"a strong radio signal" "strong medicine" "a strong man"

Definition 6: not given to gentleness or sentimentality - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a tough character

(tough is similar to ...) tough and callous by virtue of experience

(tough is similar to ...) facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination

(means also ...) dispassionate

"took a hard look" "a hard bargainer"

(means also ...) deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

"insensitive to the needs of the patients"

Definition 7: unfortunate or hard to bear - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had hard luck
  • a tough break

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 8: substantially made or constructed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sturdy steel shelves
  • sturdy canvas
  • a tough all-weather fabric
  • some plastics are as tough as metal

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring

"with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"

Definition 9: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my throat feels bad
  • she felt bad all over
  • he was feeling tough after a restless night

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) providing or experiencing physical discomfort

"an uncomfortable chair" "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"

(tough is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 10: violent and lawless - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the more ruffianly element
  • tough street gangs

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

"a violent attack" "a violent person" "violent feelings" "a violent rage" "felt a violent dislike"

Definition 11: very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a rugged competitive examination
  • the rugged conditions of frontier life
  • the competition was tough
  • it's a tough life
  • it was a tough job

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 12: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tough or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a baffling problem
  • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
  • a problematic situation at home

Synonyms for tough in the sense of this definition

(tough is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

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