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Synonyms for tough

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tough

    resistent, stubborn, lentous, fibrous, difficult, refractory, hard, unmanageable, tenacious, firm, strong

    yielding, tender, soft, brittle, fragile, frangible, friable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, toughnoun

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

    yobo, hoodlum, toughie, rowdy, hood, bully, hooligan, goon, yobbo, yob, strong-armer, roughneck, ruffian, street fighter, punk, thug

    nonviolent, good, tender, delicate, sentimental, protective, easy, flakey, flaky, tenderised, crispy, soft, untoughened, crisp, comfortable, chewable, tenderized, comfy, cuttable

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armernoun

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

    goon, sticker, stumper, lubber, oaf, strong-armer, ruffian, stumblebum, tinder, punk, kindling, cowling, poser, exhaust hood, cowl, punk rocker, street fighter, bully, clod, yobo, thug, toughie, yob, hooligan, roughneck, spunk, yobbo, hoodlum, lummox, punk rock, lout, lump, touchwood, rowdy, lens hood, gawk, bonnet, hood, cap

    crisp, untoughened, delicate, flaky, tenderised, tender, chewable, tenderized, flakey, crispy, sentimental, good, easy, soft, comfortable, protective, nonviolent, cuttable, comfy

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobboadjective

    a cruel and brutal fellow

    yobo, hoodlum, toughie, rowdy, hood, bully, hooligan, goon, yobbo, yob, strong-armer, roughneck, ruffian, street fighter, punk, thug

    tenderised, sentimental, delicate, flakey, easy, good, tender, flaky, protective, chewable, crispy, untoughened, soft, comfortable, tenderized, cuttable, comfy, nonviolent, crisp

  4. toughadjective

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

    rugged, baffling, toughened, problematic, bad, sturdy, hard, problematical, elusive, ruffianly, knotty

    crisp, good, tenderized, flakey, delicate, tender, chewable, comfy, crispy, easy, untoughened, sentimental, tenderised, nonviolent, protective, cuttable, flaky, soft, comfortable

  5. rugged, toughadjective

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

    rugged, toughened, problematic, broken, sturdy, hard, furrowed, problematical, elusive, baffling, bad, ruffianly, knotty

    tender, chewable, flakey, tenderised, delicate, easy, cuttable, protective, crisp, nonviolent, soft, sentimental, comfortable, tenderized, untoughened, flaky, crispy, good, comfy

  6. tough, toughenedadjective

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

    rugged, baffling, toughened, problematic, bad, sturdy, tempered, hard, hardened, problematical, treated, elusive, ruffianly, knotty

    tender, crisp, tenderised, delicate, untoughened, sentimental, crispy, comfortable, flaky, protective, good, tenderized, chewable, easy, comfy, nonviolent, soft, flakey, cuttable

  7. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

    knotty, problematic, ruffianly, bad, rugged, toughened, baffling, stout, elusive, hard, sturdy, inflexible, stalwart, uncompromising, hardy, problematical

    tenderised, crispy, cuttable, flakey, untoughened, comfortable, tender, delicate, good, crisp, tenderized, easy, chewable, soft, sentimental, comfy, nonviolent, protective, flaky

  8. ruffianly, toughadjective

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

    rugged, toughened, problematic, bad, sturdy, hard, problematical, elusive, baffling, ruffianly, knotty

    nonviolent, flaky, chewable, delicate, soft, tenderized, comfortable, tender, untoughened, comfy, tenderised, good, easy, cuttable, crisp, sentimental, flakey, protective, crispy

  9. bad, toughadjective

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

    knotty, big, regretful, spoiled, ruffianly, uncollectible, risky, speculative, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, baffling, elusive, hard, forged, defective, sturdy, sorry, spoilt, unsound, high-risk, problematical, unfit

    untoughened, chewable, tender, soft, comfy, protective, delicate, cuttable, crisp, easy, crispy, good, flaky, comfortable, tenderised, sentimental, nonviolent, flakey, tenderized

  10. toughadjective

    resistant to cutting or chewing

    rugged, baffling, toughened, problematic, bad, sturdy, hard, problematical, elusive, ruffianly, knotty

    cuttable, tender, delicate, flakey, crispy, tenderized, chewable, easy, comfortable, comfy, untoughened, protective, good, sentimental, nonviolent, tenderised, crisp, soft, flaky

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

    severe, knotty, arduous, grueling, ruffianly, toilsome, hard, bad, rugged, sturdy, toughened, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, elusive, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, problematic, operose, backbreaking, problematical, surd, strong, baffling

    crispy, comfortable, protective, easy, good, tenderised, delicate, cuttable, comfy, tender, flaky, tenderized, flakey, sentimental, chewable, crisp, soft, nonviolent, untoughened

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughadjective

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

    subtle, gnarled, involved, knotty, problematical, debatable, ruffianly, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, snarly, baffling, gnarly, hard, tangled, sturdy, knobbed, knotted, elusive, tortuous, convoluted, snarled

    tender, delicate, sentimental, protective, crispy, comfortable, easy, nonviolent, flakey, soft, flaky, comfy, cuttable, untoughened, chewable, good, tenderised, tenderized, crisp

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. toughadjective

    adhesive, tenacious, cohesive, not brittle, not easily broken

  2. toughadjective

    coriaceous, leathery

  3. toughadjective

    strong, firm, hardy

  4. toughadjective

    refractory, stubborn, obdurate

  5. toughadjective

    [Colloquial.] difficult, hard, hard to deal with

  6. toughadjective

    [Colloquial.] severe (as a storm), violent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. toughadjective

    tenacious, unyielding, cohesive, adhesive, obdurate, refractory, stubborn, difficult, arduous, hard

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  1. Shawn McGuire:

    Just with that time frame, with the whole Michael Brown case, and the hatred toward law enforcement, our detectives are having a tough time with people coming forward and letting us know what happened.

  2. Carlos Hernandez:

    It's a real tough situation, I'm just trying to show the kids that they do have us as their backbone and a support system, we always provide, whether there is an incident or no incident.

  3. Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt:

    Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation, event, Bernie Sanders can't even get through a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed, it’s very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think.

  4. The State Department:

    Mr. Kraft is a first class human being who does what is right and just. His support for Israel during these tough times has been unwavering and a pillar of strength for all of us. I am usually a Washington Redskins fan, but tonight – and possibly from now on – we are all Patriots.

  5. Lin Xi Yu:

    I think today is pretty good round for me, actually when I played in the practice round, I thought, this place is pretty tough, and also I'm pretty surprised what I'm doing today. So I'm really satisfied with my game today.

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