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

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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From their perch at The Top of The Standard, the glittering crowd gyrated with the Manhattan skyline on jagged display around them. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Disco Was Not Dead at The Blonds’s After-Party," 13 Feb. 2019 But the dress’s kicker is its asymmetrical hem, which features a jagged piece of pin-striped fabric. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Monse Deconstructed Jacket Dress," 12 Jan. 2019 Say cheese—and watch out for that jagged cliff behind you. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here are the top ways people die while taking selfies and “being cool”," 4 Oct. 2018 Her breaths are shallow and jagged rather than smooth and steady. Fox News, "Woman's odd condition makes her feel like she's suffocating," 16 July 2018 In a remote outpost in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ibrahim Abu-Sefira watches a mountainous skyline of jagged rock, ears tuned to the twilight silence, listening for any signs a fragile peace may be disturbed. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018 The dark waves crashed against the jagged rocks along the coastline, and reminded me of one of my first big road trips from mountainous Colorado all the way to the ocean coves of Maine. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "A nightmare drive down the Pacific Coast Highway conjures childhood memories," 7 Aug. 2018 Or, in the case of Australia, gold with a riot of jagged lines on shoulders and sleeves of home jerseys. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Nigeria's bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup uniforms," 12 June 2018 These 10 stories have a jagged and immediate modernity and suck you in from the first page. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Fiction and Literature," 10 Dec. 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 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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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