tough

[ tuhf ]
/ tʌf /

adjective, tough·er, tough·est.

adverb

in a tough manner.

noun

a ruffian; rowdy.

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Idioms for tough

    hang tough, Slang. hang (def. 59).
    tough it out, Informal. to endure or resist hardship or adversity.

Origin of tough

before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English tōh; compare Dutch taai,German zäh(e)

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Derived forms of tough

toughish, adjectivetoughly, adverb

Word Origin for tough

Old English tōh; related to Old High German zāhi tough, Old Norse trodden ground in front of a house
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