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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The barrel of the bat whirled through the air in the same direction, and Semien had to duck under the jagged wood after fielding the ball. Dan Arritt/correspondent, The Mercury News, "A’s discover that Angels’ offensive healing makes a big difference," 28 June 2019 The Shining Path insurgency is a jagged scrap of history, a puzzle piece that doesn’t fit. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 Krasner’s grief, her rage, her power are all contained within the canvas, layered in jagged streaks of dark brown and daubs of white. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019 Made famous by explorer Jacques Cousteau, this spectacular sunken cave harbors diverse marine life and jagged stalactites. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 This jagged ravine is home to a collection of paintings made about 1,500 years ago. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, "A landscape like no other: Exploring the surreal southern end of the Atacama Desert," 6 June 2019 The tiny skiiers shooting past in the distance, the hints of emerald green already peeking through the early spring snow, the shock of rounding a corner and coming up yet another astounding vista of the jagged Alps! Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Switzerland's Most Beautiful Train Line, the Glacier Express, Has a New Luxury Car," 29 May 2019 The new 1,268-foot mixed-use tower at 30 Hudson Yards, with its jagged peak that resembles a cut stalagmite, will have the Western Hemisphere’s tallest outdoor observatory deck, at 1,100 feet. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "New York City’s Evolving Skyline," 5 June 2019 The Iroquois neighborhood is a geographical oddity that's shaped like a jagged bow tie along Taylor Boulevard and New Cut Road. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 2019

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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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