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Teuch, Tewch(t, Tuch(t, adj. (adv.). Also: teuche, teugh, tewche, tewgh, tewich, thewch, tuche, tuich, tugh, tw(i)ch(e, teoch, touch, tough, tuff. Compar. tewchair. [ME and e.m.E. toȝe (Layaman), touȝt (1297), togh (Cursor M.), tow (Manning), tough (Chaucer), towhhe (Prompt Parv.), tufe (a1400-50), tuffe (a1602), OE tóh.]

1. Of materials or material objects: Of a strong, pliable texture, not easily broken or torn; hard. Also compar. and proverb. (a) Devisit to mak ane tvn of glas Off tewich metall that on brekabill was; Hay Alex. 15836.
The nuttis schell, thocht it be hard and teuch [Makc. thewch]; Henr. Fab. 15.
Thay ran amang the rapis tewch [Ch. teuch, Bann. twche]; Henr. Fab. 1561.
Wall. xi 1061.
That noble brand … will never bow nor break, Teugh as the wax when it was wrought, Hard like the flint and faileth nought; Sir Eger 837.
The eddyr … Quham the hevy schod cart quheil doith ourtak … ryvand hir tewch bak; Doug. v v 58.
A goldin bewch, With aurial levis, and flexibill twystis tewch; Doug. vi ii 122.
A full lang tyme wrelis and tareis Ene, Furth of the teuch rutis of this ilk tre Hys speir to draw; Doug. xii xii 210.
Wapynis … hard and teuche; Stewart 5592.
Ane sark Of holland claith baith quhyt and tewch; Lynd. Sat. Proclam. 224.
Thair speiris war sa teuch & strang, That aither vther to eirth doun dang; Lynd. Meldrum 463.
His … schoulderis schawis the merkis … Of tarledderis tewch; Polwart Flyt. 591 (T).
compar. Thay fand it meete that the said glasse sould be maid thikker and tewchair; 1621 Reg. Privy C. XII 439.
proverb. There is a teuch senon in ane old wives heill; Carmichael Prov. No. 1564.
(b) Wandis, that are scharp & tucht; Leg. S. xxvi 910.
A widdy twch [Ch. & M. teuch, M. tuche] … abowt thy craig to rax; Kennedy Flyt. 367 (B).
xx faddum of ane tuich tow to the gabar; 1589–90 Ayr Common Good Acc.

b. Of food: Tough, hard to chew. The tod … lovit na ȝowis auld tuch [M. tewcht] and sklender; Dunb. (OUP) 113/24.
The rost wes twche; Jok & Jynny 79.
All thingis that is twich and ewill to cheow; Rules of Health 6.

c. Of earth: Unyielding. Quhat grund, land or erd tewch Sal swelly me tharin half deip enewch; Doug. xii xiii 213.
To labour his gleib, it being very touch clayie ground; 1686 Lauder Notices Affairs II 758.

d. transf. or fig. Of a knot: Strong, not liable to come apart. The knott Of this our long and lasting lowe is yit so tewche and strong; Fowler I 42/161.

2. Sticky, viscous, glutinous, adherent. Ane twn he gart prepair, Middillit with pick birdlime and siclike wair. Sa thick and teuch, that quha thairin cum wald … it wald thame hald; Rolland Seven S. 2871.
Sic excrementis maist corrupt and teuch; Skeyne Descr. Pest 14.
Mastic comfortis the stomak, expellis fra the samin all teuch raw fleume; Skeyne Descr. Pest 38.
Tenax, clamm, tewgh; Duncan App. Etym.
Ane hudge quantitie of teuch humoris gathered togidder in his syd, in the forme of ane postrum; 1614 Melvill lvi.
What a piece of clammie teugh clay is this that fettereth so my soule; Boyd Last B. (1629) 413.
Tuff; 1687 Cromartie Corr. I 51.

3. Of persons or animals or their behaviour: Physically or mentally strong, tough, difficult to contend with, not easy to get the better of. Sic ane stubill husband man wald stryke stoutly; Thair is mony toun man to tuggill is full teuch; Rauf C. 521.
They know I am ane tuilȝeour teoch; 1571 Sat. P. xxv 100.
The quhyt is twiche, and fresche ennewche; a1568 Sempill in Sat. P. xlviii 25.
As fleet a brache, and tugher than ever maiden was; 1576 Douglas Corr. 207.
His wit was tough … But now he kytheth like a fool; Colvil Whig's Suppl. (1681) i 94.
Sir William Bruce being a contentious and teuch lawer will be verie troublesome to be overtaken upon that head; 1684 Glamis Bk. Record 29.
Tho she be somewhat old and teugh, She's a Scots woman; Cleland 14.

4. To mak it teuch, to make difficulties in some regard; to make a show of reluctance; to be obstinate or persistent about something. Thow seis thou art schent, It may nocht mend the ane myte to mak it so teugh; Gol. & Gaw. 1069.
Thay … bade gif the daunsaris rowme Will Swane makis wounder teuche; Peblis to Play 204.
Fortoun … Turnit hir face fra this ilk lord Persy And on the castell of Coklawis scho leuch, Quhomeof befoir scho maid it strang and teuch; Stewart 58727.
Be god I ken ȝow weill annewch: Ȝe ar fane, thocht ȝe mak it twich; Lynd. Sat. 1508 (B).
With lawchter lowd thay lewche, Quhen thay saw Sym sic curage ta, And Will mak it sa twche; Scott ii 154.
Now deme I haif ȝour bairne mareit Suppois ȝe mak it nevir sa twche; Jok & Jynny 42.
Said sic luf I rid ȝow layne Albeid ȝe mak it never sa tewch To me ȝour labour is in vane; Maitl. F. 363/111.

5. Of an action or event: Difficult to accomplish or deal with, hard fought, involving great effort, etc. Efter lang and tewgh trete Bunding to the king wes he; Wynt. vii 3029 (W).
The teuchest disputt we had in all the Assemblie; 1638 Baillie I 124.
That teuch plea betuixt the toune and the constable; 1642 Dunkeld Presb. I 80.

6. quasi-adv. Strongly. All to-turnit thair entyre, traistly and tewch; Gol. & Gaw. 704.
Quhen as he draue and Knox held steue the pleuch And Methuen seu adulterie so teuch; 1581 Sat. P. xliv 125.

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