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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. I have never had to fix it.
synonyms:
sturdy
antonyms:
delicate
similar words:
strong
definition 2: difficult to cut or chew.
I can't chew this tough meat.
antonyms:
tender
definition 3: hard to control; rough.
My son is afraid of those tough kids in the neighborhood.
similar words:
mean, violent
definition 4: difficult to do or understand.
Mathematics is really tough for me.
synonyms:
difficult, hard
antonyms:
easy
similar words:
complex
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derivations: toughly (adv.), toughness (n.)
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