Tough vs Shife - What's the difference?

tough | shife |

As adjectives the difference between tough and shife

is that tough is strong and resilient; sturdy while shife is (african american vernacular english) aggressive looking, tough.

As an interjection tough

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

As a noun tough

is a person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

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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    (en adjective)
  • (African American Vernacular English) aggressive looking, tough.
  • * 1991 , "Bust Down", Nasty Bitch (rap song)
  • And he knew he was shife , he knew he was hype.
  • * 1996 , "UGK" (Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman), Diamonds and Wood (rap song)
  • These jealous niggas looking at me and my car so shife .
  • * 2004 , "Trae" (Frazier Thompson III), Let Me Live (rap song)
  • Let me live my life, y'all know y'all ain't right. / Niggas be so shife , can I do one thang.