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 First responders are expected to assess and traverse piles of rubble with unknown hazards lurking, including jagged edges and the possibility of additional cave-ins. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 For many the highlight of Senja, the Tungeneset rest area is best known for its view of the jagged Oksen peaks across the Ersfjord. David Nikel, Forbes, 3 July 2021 Many of those getting inked opted for the jagged line of an EKG pulse reading, but others took a different approach. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 13 June 2021 This iconic horsetail-type waterfall has formed within the midst of Hakaui valley's jagged basalt peaks. Stephanie Takyi, CNN, 2 June 2021 His early paintings and drawings tended to define these figures in jagged or wavy lines that gave them a manic, electrical energy. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 20 June 2021 Liouville theory can be used to identify patterns in the endless landscape of all possible random, jagged surfaces. Quanta Magazine, 17 June 2021 While new weekly claims for unemployment benefits have declined to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic, economic figures point to a slow and jagged recovery. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 Set in the center of the Paleis Het Loo’s ornate and expertly manicured Baroque gardens, the jagged shapes are a sculptural counterpoint that question humanity’s technological progress. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of jagged

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jul 2021

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“Jagged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jagged. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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