rug·ged | \ ˈrə-gəd \

Definition of rugged 

1 obsolete : shaggy, hairy

2 : having a rough uneven surface : jagged rugged mountains

3 : turbulent, stormy rugged weather

4a : seamed with wrinkles and furrows : weathered used of a human face

b : showing facial signs of strength rugged good looks

5a : austere, stern

b : coarse, rude

c : rough and strong in character

6a : 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

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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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The rugged stretch of coastline is regularly visited by whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and its northerly location means little light pollution (and lots of stars) at night. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in Ireland," 16 Mar. 2018 Porter is one of the most rugged fighters in boxing who is quickly getting into the category where no one is eager to fight him. Branson Wright,, "Robert Easter Jr. rated top pro fighter in Ohio: Boxing Report 2018 (photos, poll)," 7 Feb. 2018 The injuries to Cain and Shaw come at a time when the Brewers are embarking on a rugged stretch of playing 21 games in 20 days entering the all-star break, including a makeup doubleheader July 14 in Pittsburgh. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A groin strain and other aches and pains land Lorenzo Cain on the 10-day disabled list," 26 June 2018 Basically a tour through some pretty rugged country on some pretty narrow roads. Jack Greiner,, "Branson's Bigfoot on the Strip sues over TripAdvisor review," 12 June 2018 Some of those wolves wander the state's most rugged country alone, covering hundreds of miles of forested canyons and remote mountain ranges in search of their own territory. Kale Williams,, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 Predictably, the hybrid model—another carryover from the current RAV4—has a considerably more weak-kneed look, with smallish tires giving it a distinctly less rugged vibe. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota RAV4 / RAV4 Hybrid: Sales Champ Gets a Compelling Overhaul," 29 Mar. 2018 The California Highway Patrol has not determined why the vehicle went off the overlook on a particularly rugged part of coastline. Paul Elias And Steven Dubois, Fox News, "Officials believe 6 kids were in SUV that plunged off cliff," 28 Mar. 2018 La Porte kicks off Deer Park's more rugged stretch as Beaumont West Brook, Dobie and Memorial, three potential state playoff candidates await. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte set for big baseball game at Kethan Field," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rugged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rugged

Middle English, from Middle English *rug

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English Language Learners Definition of rugged

: having a rough, uneven surface

of a man's face : having rough but attractive features

: strong and determined


rug·ged | \ ˈrə-gəd \

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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