or tough·y

[ tuhf-ee ]
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noun,plural tough·ies.Informal.
  1. a tough person, especially one who is belligerent: The sheriff was a local toughie with very little patience for outsiders.

  2. a difficult problem or situation: That math test was a real toughie!

  1. a harsh or blunt book, movie, etc.

Origin of toughie

First recorded in 1920–25; tough + -ie

Words Nearby toughie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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