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Synonyms for tough

Synonyms for (noun) tough

Synonyms: bully, tough, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yobbo, yobo, yob, hooligan Definition: a cruel and brutal fellow

Similar words: assailant, assaulter, attacker, aggressor Definition: someone who attacks

Synonyms: goon, hood, hoodlum, strong-armer, tough, toughie, thug, punk Definition: an aggressive and violent young criminal

Similar words: criminal, crook, malefactor, felon, outlaw Definition: someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

Synonyms: street fighter, tough Definition: someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

Similar words: scrapper, belligerent, battler, combatant, fighter Definition: someone who fights (or is fighting)

Synonyms for (adjective) tough

Synonyms: tough, bad Definition: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') Usage: my throat feels bad; she felt bad all over; he was feeling tough after a restless night

Similar words: uncomfortable Definition: providing or experiencing physical discomfort Usage: an uncomfortable chair; an uncomfortable day in the hot sun

Synonyms: sturdy, tough Definition: substantially made or constructed Usage: sturdy steel shelves; sturdy canvas; a tough all-weather fabric; some plastics are as tough as metal

Similar words: rugged Definition: sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring Usage: with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture

Synonyms: elusive, tough, baffling, problematic, problematical, knotty Definition: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe Usage: a baffling problem; I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast; a problematic situation at home

Similar words: difficult, hard Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Synonyms: tough, rugged Definition: very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution Usage: a rugged competitive examination; the rugged conditions of frontier life; the competition was tough; it's a tough life; it was a tough job

Similar words: difficult, hard Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Synonyms: hard, tough Definition: unfortunate or hard to bear Usage: had hard luck; a tough break

Similar words: bad Definition: having undesirable or negative qualities Usage: a bad report card; his sloppy appearance made a bad impression; a bad little boy; clothes in bad shape; a bad cut; bad luck; the news was very bad; the reviews were bad; the pay is bad; it was a bad light for reading; the movie was a bad choice

Synonyms: tough Definition: resistant to cutting or chewing

Similar words: cartilaginous, rubbery, gristly Definition: difficult to chew

Similar words: chewy Definition: requiring much chewing

Similar words: leathered, leatherlike, leathery, coriaceous Definition: resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable

Similar words: unchewable, stringy, sinewy, fibrous Definition: (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew

Similar words: fibrous, hempen Definition: having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute

Similar words: tough-skinned Definition: having a relatively tough outer covering

Synonyms: tough, toughened Definition: physically toughened Usage: the tough bottoms of his feet

Similar words: thickened, callous, calloused Definition: having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear Usage: calloused skin; with a workman's callous hands

Similar words: hardened, enured, inured Definition: made tough by habitual exposure Usage: hardened fishermen; a peasant, dark, lean-faced, wind-inured- Robert Lynd; our successors...may be graver, more inured and equable men- V.S.Pritchett

Similar words: weather-beaten Definition: tanned and coarsened from being outdoors Usage: a weather-beaten face

Synonyms: tough Definition: not given to gentleness or sentimentality Usage: a tough character

Similar words: hard-bitten, hard-boiled, pugnacious Definition: tough and callous by virtue of experience

Similar words: tough-minded, unsentimental Definition: facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination

Synonyms: tough, ruffianly Definition: violent and lawless Usage: the more ruffianly element; tough street gangs

Similar words: violent Definition: acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity Usage: a violent attack; a violent person; violent feelings; a violent rage; felt a violent dislike