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adjective Slang.
  1. tough(def 13).
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Historical Examples

  • Love iz like the meazles; we kant have it bad but onst, and the latter in life we hav it the tuffer it goes with us.

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    Henry W. Shaw

  • Experience haz the same effekt on most folks that age haz on a goose, it makes them tuffer.

British Dictionary definitions for tuffer


  1. a rock formed by the fusing together on the ground of small rock fragments (less than 2 mm across) ejected from a volcano
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Derived Formstuffaceous (tʌˈfeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Old French tuf, from Italian tufo; see tufa
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Word Origin and History for tuffer



advertiser's spelling of tough (adj.), attested by 1940.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tuffer in Science


  1. A rock made up of particles of volcanic ash, varying in size from fine sand to coarse gravel.
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