Definition of rugged
- rugged mountains
- rugged good looks
- those that survive are stalwart, rugged men
- —L. D. Stamp
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful);
: having a rough, uneven surface
of a man's face : having rough but attractive features
: strong and determined
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