adjective, tough·er, tough·est.
Origin of tough
Synonyms for tough
Antonyms for tough
Related Words for toughertenacious, vigorous, stiff, solid, hard, tight, resilient, healthy, harsh, resolute, terrible, strict, severe, desperate, stern, fierce, narrow, hard-nosed, troublesome, arduous
Examples from the Web for tougher
Contemporary Examples of tougher
“The closer we get to ‘16, the tougher it’s going to be, so I hope we start quickly,” he said.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?
December 29, 2014
Have a kid here –what some pejoratively refer to as an “anchor baby” – and it is tougher to be deported.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
Tougher regulations on tank cars and oil-by-rail make sense.Why the Keystone XL Pipeline May Not Be Built
November 19, 2014
The good doctor gave as good as he got in one of the tougher interview environments around.Dr. Kent Goes Toe-to-Toe With Colbert On Ebola
October 3, 2014
In other words, make fireworks less available for home misuse and develop an ever tougher crackdown on drunk drivers.How Not to Blow Yourself Up on July 4th
July 3, 2014
Historical Examples of tougher
There is no tougher man or more resolute fighter in the Army.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
I do,—but it is going to be a tougher struggle than any of us expected.For the Liberty of Texas
"It's a tougher problem than we ever attacked in Euclid," remarked the younger.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
It is tougher than our glass, and chips to a fine razor edge.True Words for Brave Men
“And we eat him too, though his steaks are tougher than cow meat,” laughed Fil.Fil and Filippa
John Stuart Thomson
Word Origin for tough
Old English toh "difficult to break or chew," from Proto-Germanic *tankhuz (cf. Middle Low German tege, Middle Dutch taey, Dutch taai, Old High German zach, German zäh). See rough for spelling change.
Figurative sense of "strenuous, difficult, hard to beat" is first recorded c.1200; that of "hard to do, trying, laborious" is from 1610s. Verb tough it "endure the experience" is first recorded 1830, American English. Tough guy first recorded 1932. Tough-minded first recorded 1907 in William James. Tough luck first recorded 1912; tough shit is from 1946.
"street ruffian," 1866, American English, from tough (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with tough
- tough break
- tough it out
- tough nut
- tough row to hoe
- tough sledding
- get tough
- gut (tough) it out
- hang tough
- hard (tough) act to follow
- hard (tough) nut to crack