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

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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Adams carries the limited series beautifully with a quiet but jagged intensity. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The mysteries of HBO’s addictive ‘Sharp Objects’ cut deep," 4 July 2018 The rocks at Torrey Pines are sedimentary — not the type of tough granite found on Mt. Woodson — and have eroded into sometimes jagged and bizarre shapes. Brian E. Clark, latimes.com, "Two scenic San Diego hikes, mountaintop and seaside," 24 June 2018 Photos taken by passengers and posted on social media showed one window with a large, jagged crack. Mark Gillispie And David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, "Southwest plane with cracked window diverted to Cleveland," 2 May 2018 In carpets, the symbol takes on many guises—stars, medallions, jagged S-shapes. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 Ferrante hopes the $5 million cap will make her proposal less of a jagged little pill for the tax-incentive critics to swallow. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "House leaders propose tax incentives for Broadway-bound shows," 13 July 2018 Each memory is a jagged, explosive little reminder of Joe’s past, forever bearing down on his present. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Joaquin Phoenix descends into a hellish New York underworld in the haunting 'You Were Never Really Here'," 5 Apr. 2018 Riggers strung a web of static ropes for hoisting the cocoon-like stretchers over vast fields of jagged rocks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Photos from inside the plane taken by passengers and posted on social media showed one window with a large, jagged crack. NBC News, "Southwest plane with cracked window forced to make emergency landing," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of jagged

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jagged was in 1523

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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