crag

1 of 2

noun (1)

1
: a steep rugged rock or cliff
2
archaic : a sharp detached fragment of rock
cragged adjective

crag

2 of 2

noun (2)

chiefly Scotland

Examples of crag in a Sentence

Noun (1) a menacing crag overhangs the hiking trail
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Saw-toothed crags, the Farallon Islands are uninhabited except for the field research station on Southeast Farallon Island, with no fresh water. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 4 June 2024 Hunted nearly to extinction for their thick pelts, sea otters managed to hang on in the most remote coves and crags of Big Sur, where a few individuals were discovered in 1938. Elaine Glusac, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2024 Sun beams burst through cloud wisps, gilding everything in bright, sparkling light: cobalt water, white crags, kelly green moss. Sophie Yun Mancini, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Mar. 2024 Upon slicing open the fresh muffins, there was nary a crag in sight. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 As the name suggests, ice seekers need only to pull over along the June Lake Loop and walk a short distance to a crag with relatively low angle ice ideal for learning on. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 But Zaz isn’t the only one with his eyes on the Paramount mountaintop, or at least a crag or two. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2023 The chicken patty, rusty-hued with smoky spices, has more crags than a Swiss Alp, and its amiable companions, a slather of mayonnaise and some pickles, add just the right backup notes. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 These painting-like objects are defined by crags, fractures and subtle color shifts. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh craig rock

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch crāghe; akin to Old English cræga throat — more at craw

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crag was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crag. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

crag

noun
ˈkrag
: a steep rugged rock or cliff
craggy
ˈkrag-ē
adjective

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