Pronunciation: (tuf),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —adv., n., v.
—adj. 1. strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.
2. not brittle or tender.
3. difficult to masticate, as food: a tough steak. 4. of viscous consistency, as liquid or semiliquid matter: tough molasses. 5. capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy: tough troops. 6. not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn: a tough man to work for. 7. hardened; incorrigible: a tough criminal. 8. difficult to perform, accomplish, or deal with; hard, trying, or troublesome: a tough problem. 9. hard to bear or endure (often used ironically): tough luck. 10. vigorous; severe; violent: a tough struggle. 11. vicious; rough; rowdyish: a tough character; a tough neighborhood. 12. practical, realistic, and lacking in sentimentality; tough-minded.
13. Slang.remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.
14. hang tough,Slang.See hang (def. 50).
—adv. in a tough manner.
—n. a ruffian; rowdy.
—v.t. tough it out,Informal.to endure or resist hardship or adversity.