crag·​gy | \ ˈkra-gē How to pronounce craggy (audio) \
craggier; craggiest

Definition of craggy

1 : full of crags craggy slopes
2 : rough, rugged a craggy face a craggy voice

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Other Words from craggy

craggily \ ˈkra-​gə-​lē How to pronounce craggily (audio) \ adverb
cragginess \ ˈkra-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce cragginess (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for craggy


broken, jagged, ragged, scraggly, scraggy


clean, even, smooth, soft, unbroken

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Examples of craggy in a Sentence

a famous actor who is known for his craggy good looks his white hair and craggy face

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If everything goes according to plan, the probe will ostensibly look at home on the red planet's craggy surface: Godspeed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's InSight Probe Has Successfully Landed on Mars," 26 Nov. 2018 The open spaces are wide, the rolling rivers are big, the craggy mountains colossal, and, as is well-known, even the sky itself seems bigger than back home. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 31 Aug. 2018 Even the classic Fila Disruptor shoe receives a fresh update, its craggy soles anew with tiny diamanté studs. Whitney Wei, Vogue, "Meet the Indian Design Duo Shaking Up the Look of Athleisure," 28 Nov. 2018 Robertson père got 6,000 acres of undulating pastureland and forest atop craggy sea cliffs, one of which is home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Dannen Redman The In-The-Know Beach Town: Zapallar, Chile This tiny spot, two hours northwest of Santiago, has a craggy beauty that evokes Big Sur and a breezy, casual-chic vibe to match. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Standing on the roof of the Gigafactory on a clear day in mid-November, surrounded by small, craggy peaks dotted with wild horses, the sheer size of the facility (and what was below me) was striking. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 2018 But a couple of executives who have spent decades hunting for oil across the Middle East, South America and Canada are betting that the next energy patch will be near here, in a remote stretch of craggy desert known as Asphalt Ridge. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 This stunning loop hike climbs and winds along a ridge line between the craggy peaks of the cascades. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of craggy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of craggy

: having many crags
: rough in a way that suggests strength


crag·​gy | \ ˈkra-gē How to pronounce craggy (audio) \
craggier; craggiest

Kids Definition of craggy

: having many steep rocks or cliffs craggy hills

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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