elusive vs tough what difference

what is difference between elusive and tough

English

Etymology

From Latin elusus past participle of eludo (to parry a blow, to deceive)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈluːsɪv/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /iˈluːsɪv/
  • Homophone: illusive

Adjective

elusive (comparative more elusive, superlative most elusive)

  1. Evading capture, comprehension or remembrance.
    The elusive criminal was arrested
  2. Difficult to make precise.
    A precise definition of diarrhea is elusive (Robbin’s pathology, 8th ed)
  3. Rarely seen.

Related terms

  • elude

Derived terms

  • elusively
  • elusiveness

Translations


Italian

Adjective

elusive

  1. feminine plural of elusivo


English

Etymology

From Middle English tough, towgh, tou, toȝ, from Old English tōh (tough, tenacious, holding fast together; pliant; sticky, glutinous, clammy), from Proto-West Germanic *tą̄h(ī), from Proto-Germanic *tanhuz (fitting; clinging; tenacious; tough), from Proto-Indo-European *denḱ- (to bite).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tŭf, IPA(key): /tʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf
  • Homophone: tuff

Adjective

tough (comparative tougher, superlative toughest)

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

Derived terms

Translations

Interjection

tough

  1. (slang) Used to indicate lack of sympathy
    If you don’t like it, tough!

Translations

Noun

tough (plural toughs)

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

Translations

Verb

tough (third-person singular simple present toughs, present participle toughing, simple past and past participle toughed)

  1. To endure.
  2. To toughen.

Derived terms

  • tough out

Translations

Anagrams

  • ought

German

Etymology

From English tough; see also German taff.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taf/

Adjective

tough (comparative tougher, superlative am toughsten or am toughesten)

  1. (slang) Alternative form of taff (tough; robust; assertive and not overly sensitive)

Declension

declension with am toughsten
declension with am toughesten

Further reading

  • “tough” in Duden online

Middle English

Noun

tough

  1. Alternative form of tow

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