jag·​ged ˈja-gəd How to pronounce jagged (audio)
: having a sharply uneven edge or surface
jagged peaks
: having a harsh, rough, or irregular quality
jagged rhythms
jaggedly adverb
jaggedness noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jagged was in 1523

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“Jagged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jagged. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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jag·​ged ˈjag-əd How to pronounce jagged (audio)
: having a sharp uneven edge or surface
jagged mountains
jaggedly adverb
jaggedness noun

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