Touchwood to Towhee
(Touch"wood`) n. [Probably for tachwood; OE. tache tinder (of uncertain origin) + wood.]
1. Wood so decayed as to serve for tinder; spunk, or punk.
2. Dried fungi used as tinder; especially, the Polyporus igniarius.
(Touch"y) a. [For techy, tetchy.] Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire. [Colloq.]
It may be said of Dryden that he was at no time touchy about personal attacks.Saintsbury.
(Tough) a. [Compar. Tougher ; superl. Toughest.] [OE. tough, AS. toh, akin to D. taai, LG.
taa, tage, tau, OHG. zahi, G. zähe, and also to AS. getenge near to, close to, oppressive, OS. bitengi.]
1. Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting
great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough. "Tough roots and stubs. " Milton.
2. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews. Cowper.
A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . .Dryden.
Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire.
The basis of his character was caution combined with tough tenacity of purpose.J. A. Symonds.
3. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
4. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
So tough a frame she could not bend.Dryden.
5. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm. [Colloq.] " A tough debate. " Fuller.
To make it tough, to make it a matter of difficulty; to make it a hard matter. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Tough"-cake`) n. See Tough- pitch (b).
(Tough"en) v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. Toughened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Toughening.] To grow or
make tough, or tougher.
(Tough"-head`) n. (Zoöl.) The ruddy duck. [ Local U. S. ]
(Tough"ish), a. Tough in a slight degree.
(Tough"ly), adv. In a tough manner.
(Tough"ness), n. The quality or state of being tough.
(Tough"-pitch`) n. (Metal.) (a) The exact state or quality of texture and consistency of
well reduced and refined copper. (b) Copper so reduced; called also tough-cake.
(Tou"ite) n. The wood warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
(Tou*pee" Tou*pet") (?; 277) n. [F. toupet, dim. of OF. top a tuft; of Teutonic origin, and akin to
E. top. See Top apex, and cf. Topet.]
1. A little tuft; a curl or artificial lock of hair.
2. A small wig, or a toppiece of a wig.
Her powdered hair is turned backward over a toupee.G. Eliot.