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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And interpreting images on the internet is, as many artists have taken as their very premise, a jagged and unstable project. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Strange Online Aesthetic of the YouTube Shooting Suspect," 4 Apr. 2018 In addition to navigating the area's 16,000-foot-high jagged peaks, pilots also must contend with forceful winds that gust around the mountains. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "10 Terrifying Airport Runways," 27 Apr. 2011 The team's home kits are yellow with jagged lines decorating the sleeves. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup teams debut colorful, throwback jerseys for the 2018 tournament," 13 June 2018 The folks at ThinkGeek say the X-Wing, with its jagged shape, is the trickiest to fly. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Go Fly a Death Star Kite," 20 Apr. 2016 The jagged scar on Mohamed Alom's head is a grim reminder of the dangers of those landslides. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 The jagged scar on Mohamed Alom’s head is a grim reminder of the dangers of those landslides. Kristen Gelineau, The Seattle Times, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon season arrives," 17 July 2018 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

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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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