Synonyms of tough in English:

tough


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adjective

1‘they had tough leather gloves’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

chewy, leathery, gristly, stringy, fibrous, sinewy, cartilaginous

ANTONYMS

tender

3‘he must have been a tough little lad to have survived it all’

SYNONYMS

resilient, strong, hardy, gritty, determined, resolute, dogged, stalwart

rugged, fit, robust, powerful, red-blooded, doughty

hardened, cynical, hard-bitten

informal hard

ANTONYMS

weak, sentimental

4‘he conceded the need for tough sentencing’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

rough, rowdy, unruly, disorderly, violent, wild, lawless, lawbreaking, criminal

vicious, callous, hardened

6‘my father had a tough job underground’

SYNONYMS

arduous, onerous, difficult, demanding, hard, heavy, taxing, burdensome, tiring, exhausting, punishing, wearying, fatiguing, laborious, strenuous, exacting, troublesome, formidable, stressful, Herculean

rare toilsome, exigent

ANTONYMS

easy

7‘their book raises tough questions for American policy-makers’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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‘they had tough luck when a shot bounced off the crossbar’

SYNONYMS

unfortunate, unlucky, hard, unpleasant, regrettable, distressing

informal too bad

ANTONYMS

good, lucky


noun

1‘a gang of toughs’

SYNONYMS

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 NZ informal hoon