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  Words related to tough

Related / Similar Words: bully, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo, hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, toughie, strong-armer, street fighter, bad, sturdy, rugged, hard, toughened, ruffianly

 

Definition:
  • a cruel and brutal fellow;
  • an aggressive and violent young criminal;
  • someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing;
  • 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";
  • substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal";
  • 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";
  • unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break";
  • tough to cut or chew;
  • physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet";
  • not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character";
  • violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs";

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    See Also: inedible, uneatable, experienced, rugged, strong, hard, insensitive

     

    Hyponyms: bullyboy, muscleman, muscle, skinhead, tough guy, plug-ugly

     

    Derivational Morphology: browbeat, bully, swagger, strong-arm

     

     
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