tough·​ie | \ ˈtə-fē How to pronounce toughie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly toughy
plural toughies

Definition of toughie

: one that is tough: such as
a : a difficult problem or question
b : a loud rough rowdy person

Examples of toughie in a Sentence

The last question on the test was a toughie. He thinks he's a real toughie.
Recent Examples on the Web Extra time may be spent looking for that toughie that was present just a few days ago. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 15 Dec. 2017 The surprises come from Rachel McAdams, who holds her own as a wise-cracking toughie, and Peña, who defrosts from macho pride mode with low-key grace. Hugh Hart, WIRED, 29 Oct. 2008 Another cold-weather toughie is Alaska's red flat bark beetle, which, under lab conditions, can survive cooling down to minus 238 degrees Fahrenheit. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 10 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of toughie

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toughie was in 1921

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“Toughie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of toughie

: a difficult problem or question
: a tough person : a strong person who is not afraid


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