adjective, tough·er, tough·est.
Origin of tough
Synonyms for tough
Antonyms for tough
Examples from the Web for toughest
Contemporary Examples of toughest
Here are the places where the company is fighting its toughest challenges to its services as well as its reputation.Things Are Going Downhill Fast for Uber
December 11, 2014
By the end of the night, even the toughest guys are having the greatest time.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
Stand-up comedian Adam Newman encountered one of the toughest rooms any comic could work over the weekend.NYPD Heckles Comedian During Arrest (NSFW)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 14, 2014
Good luck getting in, this may prove to be the toughest seat in Dallas restaurant history.Spain’s Finest Restaurant Pops Up in Texas
July 10, 2014
The toughest call here is, of course, exactly what help to provide.The Unhappy Truth About Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
May 2, 2014
Historical Examples of toughest
When God gives us wills like iron we can drive through difficulties as the iron share cuts through the toughest soil.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
Then there was the pump house; for even the toughest of old “salts” must have fresh water.Killykinick
Mary T. Waggaman
We agree on time limits, tough work requirements, and the toughest possible child support enforcement.
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What I see is that he's up against about the toughest proposition I've ever known.T. Tembarom
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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