rugged

adjective
rug·​ged | \ ˈrə-gəd How to pronounce rugged (audio) \

Definition of rugged

1 : having a rough uneven surface : jagged rugged mountains
2a : seamed with wrinkles and furrows : weathered used of a human face
b : showing facial signs of strength rugged good looks
3a : presenting a severe test of ability, stamina, or resolution
b : strongly built or constituted : robust those that survive are stalwart, rugged men— L. D. Stamp
4a : rough and strong in character
b : coarse, rude
c : austere, stern
5 : turbulent, stormy rugged weather
6 obsolete : shaggy, hairy

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Other Words from rugged

ruggedly adverb
ruggedness noun

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of rugged in a Sentence

the rugged surface of the moon She did a painting of the region's rugged coastline. People are attracted to his rugged good looks. I admire her rugged individualism.
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Having a rugged robot carry this cargo could make ground forces more heavily armed but more agile on the battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Grizzly Is a Rugged Tank Robot That Could Carry a Soldier’s Stuff," 29 Mar. 2019 For rugged terrain, take advantage of the mower’s power and get the optional rear-discharge chute ($25). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 More: Michigan polishes off rugged stretch with a win, braces for Purdue More: Late calls haunt Michigan basketball in 70-69 loss to No. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Wolverines hope to erase memory of tough replay vs. Purdue," 24 Jan. 2018 For more than a month this summer, the Ferguson fire burned in rugged terrain and shut down the Yosemite Valley down for three weeks. Fox News, "California fire season may extend into autumn, officials say," 9 Sep. 2018 Hokkaido is Japan's northern frontier and a major farming region with rugged mountain ranges and vast forests, and its people are accustomed to coping with long winters, isolation and other hardships. Fox News, "Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides," 6 Sep. 2018 This is silver country, and the boom brought the quaint Victorian homes (and scrappy, enterprising residents) that charm modern-day visitors to the mountain towns of this rugged range north of Durango. latimes.com, "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 This is more than enough mower for all but the most rugged conditions. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 But if that rugged vibe isn’t quite your thing, there are other types of vests, too: fleece vests, plaid sherpa vests, even puffer vests. Emily Farra, Vogue, "6 Street Style Trends From the Fall 2019 Menswear Shows," 31 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of rugged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for rugged

Middle English, from Middle English *rug

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rugged

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rugged

: having a rough, uneven surface
of a man's face : having rough but attractive features
: strong and determined

rugged

adjective
rug·​ged | \ ˈrə-gəd How to pronounce rugged (audio) \

Kids Definition of rugged

1 : having a rough uneven surface rugged hills
2 : strong sense 3, tough rugged pioneers
3 : involving hardship rugged training

Other Words from rugged

ruggedly adverb
ruggedness noun

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