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

Other Words from rugged

ruggedly adverb
ruggedness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Davis designed the house to capture the magnificent views of the rugged California coast beyond. Sunset Magazine, 7 July 2022 The flames took off at a moderate rate in rugged terrain, according to Cal Fire San Diego Capt. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 Simply put, the energy and excitement of Chamonix—not to mention the rugged terrain of the Alps—is unparalleled in the trail running world, especially for amateur athletes. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 31 Aug. 2022 But Grantham stresses that the combination of rugged boots and fine tailoring needn’t be exclusive to Italian industrialists. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2022 Despite glittering blankets of snow that hush the region; despite warm, colorful hats that perhaps were holiday gifts; despite rugged, skid-proof boots ... these are months that chill us. cleveland, 31 Jan. 2022 The league paid $37 million for a scenic 5-mile stretch of the rugged and forbidding Lost Coast from a lumber company to protect it from logging and eventually open it up to the public. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 The league recently paid $37 million for a scenic five-mile stretch of the rugged and forbidding Lost Coast from a lumber company to protect it from logging and eventually open it to the public. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 The league recently paid $37 million for a scenic 5-mile stretch of the rugged and forbidding Lost Coast from a lumber company to protect it from logging and eventually open it up to the public. Brian Melley, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rugged. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for rugged

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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