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Synonyms for tough

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, tough(noun)

    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-armer(noun)

    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, yobbo(adj)

    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. tough(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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, toughened(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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. tough(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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, tough(adj)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tough(a.)

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

  2. tough(a.)

    coriaceous, leathery

  3. tough(a.)

    strong, firm, hardy

  4. tough(a.)

    refractory, stubborn, obdurate

  5. tough(a.)

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

  6. tough(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tough(a)

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

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How to use tough in a sentence?

  1. Lewis Dunk:

    To show the fight we did and get back in the game, it was a massive point, it was a tough game, the penalty (after halftime) was a momentum swing.

  2. Chief Financial Officer Joe Martinetto:

    To cut much below here means we'd have to cut into things like client service, which we never do, we'll tough it out for another quarter or two and see where the Fed will be.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Life is simple , only it has been made tough for others by some people for their vested-interest.

  4. Bob Baffert:

    That's gon na be tough, to get it to zero, because it's sport, that's just like saying, you know, Kevin Durant's gon na be free of injuries... All these athletes. They're taped up, they're well-trained, best coaches. Still, they step wrong, they're gon na get hurt, twist an ankle.

  5. Sven Borho:

    It's kind of tough to punch holes into the healthcare bull story, what worries me is the long stretch of outperformance relative to the rest of the market.

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