jag·​ged | \ ˈja-gəd How to pronounce jagged (audio) \

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Now, weeks after a deadly brawl erupted along the border, thousands of Chinese and Indian troops are amassed over a contentious, jagged line in one of the most remote places on earth. New York Times, "Caught Between Indian and Chinese Troops, at 15,000 Feet," 11 July 2020 As the ITown group walked into Richardson’s barber shop, Kate Sumrall pointed out to her children the jagged broken glass that the plywood outside had hidden from view. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Barber whose shop was damaged in looting expected doughnuts. Instead church gave him $10K.," 6 June 2020 The radiocarbon dates show that the pass came into regular use around 300 C.E. Locals used year-round snow cover to navigate the ridge’s jagged rocks, the researchers argue today in Antiquity. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Hidden Viking trade route emerges from melting ice in Norway," 15 Apr. 2020 The jagged edge can grip and penetrate the slippery exteriors, whereas the flat blade of a chef's knife would slip and slide across the surface, which could result in a painful accident. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "4 Knives Every Southern Kitchen Should Have," 20 May 2020 This unique region, unscathed by ancient glaciers, is characterized by aggressive topography—steep, breathtaking valleys, jagged limestone cliffs, and massive stands of mixed timber. Josh Dahlke, Outdoor Life, "Fishing the Driftless Area: The Best Kept Secret in the Trout World," 1 Oct. 2018 While a graphed line of the original 25 numbers might have been very jagged, the 23 three-year averages would produce a smoother line. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Warning signs for mutual funds, and the advantages of Microsoft shares," 16 Feb. 2020 Police said the man has a jagged scar on the inside of his right wrist and a possible dog bite. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Woman attacked in Mount Airy Forest, suspect at-large," 21 Mar. 2020 Its hallmarks are relatively simple to describe, belying its revolutionary impact: There are the great cascades of left-hand chords, less ludic than Thelonious Monk’s surprise attacks but no less jagged or forceful. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Jazz Great Behind One of the Most Famous Pairings in Music History," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of jagged

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jul 2020

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“Jagged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jagged. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jagged

: having a sharp, uneven edge or surface


jag·​ged | \ ˈja-gəd How to pronounce jagged (audio) \

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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