Tough (?), a. [Compar. Tougher (?); superl. Toughest.] [OE. tough, AS. t&omac;h, akin to D. taai, LG. taa, tage, tau, OHG. z&amac;hi, G. z&aum;he, and also to AS. getenge near to, close to, oppressive, OS. bitengi.]


Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough.

"Tough roots and stubs. "



Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews.


A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . . Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire. Dryden.

The basis of his character was caution combined with tough tenacity of purpose. J. A. Symonds.


Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.


Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.

So tough a frame she could not bend. Dryden.


Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.

[Colloq.] " A tough debate. "


To make it tough, to make it a matter of difficulty; to make it a hard matter. [Obs.]



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