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tough

[ tuhf ]
/ tʌf /
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adjective, tough·er, tough·est.
adverb
in a tough manner.
noun
a ruffian; rowdy.
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Idioms about 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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