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tough

tough

 
pronunciation:
tuhf
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: tougher, toughest
definition 1: hard to break; strong; lasting a long time.
I have a tough car that's been on the road for over twenty-two years.
synonyms:
durable, solid, sturdy
antonyms:
delicate, fragile
similar words:
hardy, lasting, sound, stout, strong
definition 2: difficult to cut up or chew.
He could hardly eat the tough meat.
antonyms:
tender
similar words:
overdone
definition 3: able to put up with trouble or hardship; strong.
Soldiers are trained to be tough.
synonyms:
hardy, rugged
antonyms:
soft, weak
similar words:
courageous, robust, strong
definition 4: hard to control; rough.
Those tough kids down the street are nothing but trouble.
synonyms:
aggressive, rough
similar words:
brutal, mean, vicious, violent
definition 5: difficult to do or understand.
Road construction is a tough job.Math is really tough for me.
synonyms:
demanding, difficult, hard
antonyms:
easy
similar words:
complex, knotty, rugged, severe
definition 6: harsh.
Research in the Arctic makes for tough conditions to work in.
synonyms:
harsh
antonyms:
easy, soft
similar words:
bad, brutal, difficult, dire, severe, unpleasant, wicked, wretched
derivations: toughly (adv.), toughness (n.)
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