1. Not given to gentleness or sentimentality (synset 302457510)
    "a tough character"
  2. Very difficult;
    Severely testing stamina or resolution (synset 300751671)
    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
  3. Physically toughened (synset 302456417)
    "the tough bottoms of his feet"
  4. Substantially made or constructed (synset 300711239)
    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
  5. Violent and lawless (synset 302522699)
    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
  6. Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') (synset 300480301)
    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
  7. Resistant to cutting or chewing (synset 302454704)
  8. Unfortunate or hard to bear (synset 301131133)
    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
  9. Making great mental demands;
    Hard to comprehend or solve or believe (synset 300750063)
    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
  1. Someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing (synset 110682088)
  2. An aggressive and violent young criminal (synset 110203700)
  3. A cruel and brutal fellow (synset 109898763)

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