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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But there's no doubting its commitment to premium, rugged, and attractive products. Adrienne So, WIRED, "One of Yeti's Best Coolers Is $90 Off for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The most convenient route to the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa includes a 40-minute speedboat ride from Koh Samui, though visitors can do the 45-minute drive from Koh Phangan pier (but brace yourself for rugged, unpaved roads). Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 The fire is in the Superstition Wilderness which is steep and rugged, the fire is burning in an area with thick brush, according to officials. And, azcentral, "Here's the status of 5 wildfires burning in Arizona right now," 11 June 2019 Running down the best of their playoff road wins, chronologically: • Game 4, 2015 Western Conference semifinals at Memphis: Down 2-1 in the series, the Warriors seemed physically incapable of handling the rugged, fundamentally sharp Grizzlies. Bruce Jenkins,, "Game 2 joins the list of the Warriors’ greatest road wins," 3 June 2019 Now the team has unveiled the HyQReal—its most rugged, reliable, and energy-efficient bot yet. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Just a Four-Legged Robot Pulling a Three-Ton Airplane," 28 May 2019 Isolated, rugged, treeless and open to the elements, the Faroe Islands are a place of legendary beauty and local pride. Josephine Price, National Geographic, "Visit 18 wild and beautiful Scandinavian islands," 21 May 2019 While mass-production building whirs away, custom homes have been a slower project across the rest of the region: The lots are less uniform, the terrain is more rugged, and the fire-safety design standards in many cases are more stringent. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 The teens were seen there last week, and investigators are scouring a rugged terrain for clues on their whereabouts. Faith Karimi, CNN, "They embraced at a gas station during their road trip. Two days later, they were found dead on a highway," 28 July 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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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 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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