Definitions

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  • adj. Somewhat tough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tough in a slight degree.

Etymologies

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tough +‎ -ish

Examples

  • The estimable Bob Dalrymple, one of the brightest and more promising youngish Tories faces a toughish task in Michael Forsyth's old seat but if there really is a Tory "wave" then his is the seat that will prove its existence.

    Easy Populism

  • "The estimable Bob Dalrymple, one of the brightest and more promising youngish Tories faces a toughish task in Michael Forsyth's old seat but if there really is a Tory" wave "then his is the seat that will prove its existence."

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • The woman was pretty enough in a street-smart kind of way; dark hair, toughish face, compact body, muscular but skinny.

    State of fear

  • My left-hand neighbor is a somewhat slangy young gentleman in a suit of chequered clothes, who carves the meats, being at the head of the table; and my happy propinquity secures me the honor of selection by the young gentleman as the recipient of his observations: a toughish round of beef which he is called upon to carve evokes from him an aside to the effect that it is "rather a dose."

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • And the resemblance was further increased by the fact that he was "a toughish lot", who was "little, but steel and india-rubber".

    The Gold Bat

  • Eckman was a toughish young Swede, and he thought it would be something of a lark to take a pretty girl through the slaughter-houses.

    The song of the lark

  • "Old Nick's a toughish customer d'ye see, and a glutton for punishment; wind him, cross-buttock him or floor him wi 'a leveller amidships, but he'll come up smiling next round, ready and willin' for more, an 'fight back at you' ard as ever, alas!"

    Peregrine's Progress

  • Thus cried another sailor -- a toughish customer also -- and, as his voice rang out, a dozen more came running to the spot.

    Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea Their rovings, cruises, escapades, and fierce battling upon the ocean for patriotism and for treasure

  • "In a sense," Brightman continued, "that is a toughish job, isn't it, because whoever has them now can make as many copies as he chooses, and one set would be certain to get through."

    The Box with Broken Seals

  • Four hundred closely printed pages, in which hardly anything happens to the bodies of the characters, but a great deal to their spirits -- this perhaps is toughish meat for the ordinary devourer of fiction.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 18, 1914

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