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adjective rug·ged \ˈrə-gəd\

Definition of rugged

  1. 1 obsolete :  shaggy, hairy

  2. 2 :  having a rough uneven surface :  jagged rugged mountains

  3. 3 :  turbulent, stormy rugged weather

  4. 4a :  seamed with wrinkles and furrows :  weathered —used of a human faceb :  showing facial signs of strength rugged good looks

  5. 5a :  austere, sternb :  coarse, rudec :  rough and strong in character

  6. 6a :  presenting a severe test of ability, stamina, or resolutionb :  strongly built or constituted :  robust those that survive are stalwart, rugged men — L. D. Stamp

ruggedly

adverb

ruggedness

noun

Examples of rugged in a sentence

  1. the rugged surface of the moon

  2. She did a painting of the region's rugged coastline.

  3. People are attracted to his rugged good looks.

  4. I admire her rugged individualism.

Origin and Etymology of rugged

Middle English, from Middle English *rug


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of rugged

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.

RUGGED Defined for English Language Learners

rugged

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adjective rug·ged \ˈrə-gəd\

Definition of rugged for English Language Learners

  • : having a rough, uneven surface

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

  • : strong and determined


RUGGED Defined for Kids

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adjective rug·ged \ˈrə-gəd\

Definition of rugged for Students

  1. 1 :  having a rough uneven surface rugged hills

  2. 2 :  strong 3, tough rugged pioneers

  3. 3 :  involving hardship rugged training

ruggedly

adverb

ruggedness

noun


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