jag·​ged | \ˈja-gəd \

Definition of jagged 

1 : having a sharply uneven edge or surface jagged peaks

2 : having a harsh, rough, or irregular quality jagged rhythms

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Other Words from jagged

jaggedly adverb
jaggedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for jagged


broken, craggy, ragged, scraggly, scraggy


clean, even, smooth, soft, unbroken

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Examples of jagged in a Sentence

jagged pieces of broken glass it's going to be hard to repair the jagged tear in the tablecloth so that it doesn't show

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Some residents heard rumblings before the quake hit, after which the ground was shaken by quick jolts and a series of violent, jagged waves. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Anchorage," 30 Nov. 2018 Our trip began in Phong Nha, a small town on the Son River surrounded by jagged ranges and populated by low-slung hotels and homestays run by locals capitalizing on the growing tourism. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Instead of propelling the story, these tunes interrupt the flow and create a jagged, herky-jerky pace. Brent Mcknight, The Seattle Times, "‘Smallfoot’: Cute animated adventure walks a predictable path," 25 Sep. 2018 Argento’s Suspiria is famous for its garishly psychedelic color palette, which mixes all this red with electric greens and blues and jagged black-and-white Expressionist patterns. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 There's thermal data from Galileo which shows heating consistent with formation of the ice spikes, and radar data hints at a jagged equatorial surface. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Menacing Ice Spikes on Europa Could Endanger Future Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 The pattern features hunks of jagged aqua and amber meant to resemble an archipelago, but one that’s out of this world. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 From the comfort of my ship, the sky is a searing yellow-orange, and the skyline is dominated by strange, jagged circles as tall as a building. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 Wealthy neighborhoods have large houses and wide, gridded streets, while poorer neighborhoods, which often spring up more informally, appear cramped, with jagged, irregular streets. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of jagged

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of jagged

: having a sharp, uneven edge or surface


jag·​ged | \ˈja-gəd \

Kids Definition of jagged

: having a sharply uneven edge or surface … my feet were tough and I hardly felt the jagged edges of the coral.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay

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