Synonyms of tough in English:



  • 1 they had tough leather gloves
    durable, strong, resilient, resistant, sturdy, rugged, firm, solid, substantial, sound, stout, indestructible, unbreakable, hard, rigid, stiff, inflexible, toughened; hard-wearing, long-lasting, heavy-duty, well built, made to last
    [Antonyms] soft fragile flimsy
  • 2 the hastily prepared steak was tough
    [Antonyms] tender
  • 3 he must have been a tough little lad to have survived it all
    resilient, strong, hardy, gritty, determined, resolute, dogged, stalwart; rugged, fit, robust, powerful, red-blooded, doughty; hardened, cynical, hard-bitten
    informal hard, (as) tough as old boots
    [Antonyms] weak, sentimental
  • 4 he conceded the need for tough sentencing the police will be told to get tough on car theft
    strict, stern, severe, hard, harsh, firm, hard-hitting, adamant, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, uncompromising, unsentimental, unsympathetic; merciless, ruthless, callous, hard-hearted, uncaring, cold, cool, stony, stony-hearted, flinty
    informal hard-nosed, hard-boiled
    North American informal badass
    [Antonyms] soft light
  • 5 a tough area of London
    rough, rowdy, unruly, disorderly, violent, wild, lawless, lawbreaking, criminal; vicious, callous, hardened
  • 7 their book raises tough questions for American policy-makers
    difficult, hard, knotty, thorny, baffling, tricky, ticklish, prickly, perplexing, puzzling, mystifying, troublesome, bothersome, irksome, intractable
    [Antonyms] easy
  • 8 the tough way of life of a fisherman
    harsh, hard, austere, rigorous, rugged, spartan, bleak, grim, straitened, forbidding, cruel, savage, hostile, unfriendly, dark, dire, rough, taxing, exacting, disagreeable, unpleasant, awful
    [Antonyms] easy
  • 9 informal they had tough luck when a shot bounced off the crossbar
    unfortunate, unlucky, hard, unpleasant, regrettable, distressing
    informal too bad
    [Antonyms] good lucky
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  • a gang of toughs
    ruffian, rowdy, thug, hoodlum, hooligan, brute, bully, bully boy, rough, gangster, desperado
    informal hard man, roughneck, yob, yobbo, heavy, bruiser, tough guy, toughie, gorilla, yahoo
    North American informal hood
    Australian/New Zealand informal hoon
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