I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tōh; akin to Old High German zāhi tough Date: before 12th century 1. a. strong or firm in texture but flexible and not brittle b. not easily chewed <
tough meat
2. glutinous, sticky 3. characterized by severity or uncompromising determination <
tough laws
tough discipline
4. capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor <
tough soldiers
5. very hard to influence ; stubborn <
a tough negotiator
6. difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with <
a tough question
tough luck
7. stubbornly fought <
a tough contest
8. unruly, rowdyish <
a tough gang
9. marked by absence of softness or sentimentality <
a tough critic
Synonyms: see strongtoughly adverbtoughness noun II. adverb Date: 14th century in a tough manner <
talking tough
III. noun Date: 1801 a tough person ; rowdy IV. transitive verb Date: 1830 to bear unflinchingly ; endure — usually used with out especially in the phrase tough it out

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