Tough vs Brute - What's the difference?

tough | brute |

As nouns the difference between tough and brute

is that tough is a person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully while brute is .

As an adjective tough

is strong and resilient; sturdy.

As an interjection tough

is (slang) (used to indicate lack of sympathy).

As a verb tough

is to endure.




  • Strong and resilient; sturdy.
  • The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
  • (of food) Difficult to cut or chew.
  • To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
  • Rugged or physically hardy.
  • Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
  • Stubborn.
  • He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.
  • (of weather etc) Harsh or severe.
  • Rowdy or rough.
  • A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
  • Difficult or demanding.
  • This is a tough crowd.
  • (material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.
  • Derived terms

    * do it tough * hang tough * supertough * tough call * tough case * tough cookie * tough crowd * tough love * tough luck * tough-minded * tough nut to crack * tough row to hoe * tough shit * tough titty * tough toodles * tough tuchus * toughen * toughie * toughish * toughly * toughness * toughy * ultratough *


    (en interjection)
  • (slang) (Used to indicate lack of sympathy)
  • If you don't like it, tough !


    (en noun)
  • A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
  • They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.


    (en verb)
  • To endure.
  • To toughen.
  • Derived terms

    * tough it out * tough out


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    (wikipedia brute)


  • Without reason or intelligence (of animals).
  • a brute beast
  • Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans).
  • * Milton
  • A creature not prone / And brute as other creatures, but endued / With sanctity of reason.
  • Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless.
  • the brute''' earth; the '''brute powers of nature
  • Crude, unpolished.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • a great brute farmer from Liddesdale
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  • Strong, blunt, and spontaneous.
  • I punched him with brute force.
  • Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless.
  • brute violence


    (en noun)
  • * 1714 , (Bernard Mandeville), The Fable of the Bees :
  • they laid before them how unbecoming it was the Dignity of such sublime Creatures to be sollicitous about gratifying those Appetites, which they had in common with Brutes , and at the same time unmindful of those higher qualities that gave them the preeminence over all visible Beings.
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.17:
  • But if he lives badly, he will, in the next life, be a woman; if he (or she) persists in evil-doing, he (or she) will become a brute , and go on through transmigrations until at last reason conquers.
  • A person with the characteristics of an unthinking animal; a coarse or brutal person.
  • One of them was a hulking brute of a man, heavily tattooed and with a hardened face that practically screamed "I just got out of jail."
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  • She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
  • (archaic, slang, UK, Cambridge University) One who has not yet matriculated.
  • Derived terms

    * brutal * brutality * brute force * brutish


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