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.
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.
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.
Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.
[Colloq.] " A tough
To make it tough, to make it a matter of difficulty; to make it a hard matter. [Obs.]
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