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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

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

    Antonyms:
    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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    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

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    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

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tough(a.)

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

  2. tough(a.)

    Synonyms:
    coriaceous, leathery

  3. tough(a.)

    Synonyms:
    strong, firm, hardy

  4. tough(a.)

    Synonyms:
    refractory, stubborn, obdurate

  5. tough(a.)

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

  6. tough(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tough(a)

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

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How to use tough in a sentence?

  1. Walter Curran:

    The encouraging point is that cancer mortality continues to go down, particularly for men, but the tough part is, we're still seeing over 600,000 Americans dying of cancer every year, the good news is that we see fewer racial disparities in cancer mortality than in the past, but the bad news is, we see socioeconomic disparities in cancer mortality.

  2. Yuzuru Hanyu:

    Of course things were tough at times, and the injury was in a different place from the last time, so the treatment and recovery were different too, which was irritating, but I was able to recover for the Olympics, which gives me confidence - and I think the final step before happiness is suffering.

  3. Brian Fenske:

    The current rally is more durable. It is incredibly tough to go public in this market. We just didn't have this kind of scrutiny back in 2000.

  4. Claire Williams:

    It's going to be tough. It's going to be very tough. susie Wolff has to keep working hard.

  5. Ann Kaiser:

    That ceiling will be shattered at some time and I just think it takes the right person to do that and right now she is not the right person for me, i think she would be very vulnerable. She would be hit so hard, in so many sectors that I think it would be tough for her to win.


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