A tough all-weather fabric.
A tough break.
If you don't like it, tough!
An example of tough is vinyl.
An example of tough is a champion boxer.
An example of tough is the day after a sleepless night.
An example of tough is beef jerky.
- Used to indicate recalcitrance or noncompliance with a complaint or demand.
- To get through despite hardship; endure:.
- To remain firm in the face of difficulty, often, specif., in a brazen or defiant way.
- To remain firm in the face of (a specified difficulty).A generation that toughed out the Depression.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of tough
- Middle English from Old English tōh
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English tough, towgh, tou, toÈ, from Old English tÅh (“tough, tenacious, holding fast together; pliant; sticky, glutinous, clammy"), from Proto-Germanic *tanhuz (“fitting; clinging; tenacious; tough"), from Proto-Indo-European *dená¸±- (“to bite"), nasalised derivative of Proto-Indo-European *deá¸±- (“to tear, rip, fray"). Cognate with Scots teuch (“tough"), North Frisian tÅch, tÅ«ch (“tough"), Dutch taai (“tough"), Low German tage, taag, taÃ«, taa (“tough"), German zÃ¤he, zÃ¤h (“tough"), German dialectal zach (“tough").