Definition of rugged
2 : having a rough uneven surface : jagged rugged mountains
4a : seamed with wrinkles and furrows : weathered —used of a human faceb : showing facial signs of strength rugged good looks
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
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 of rugged from the Web
Mr. McCloskey also engineered a string of trades, earning the nickname Trader Jack after acquiring the rugged center Bill Laimbeer, power forward Rick Mahorn, the 7-foot-1 center James Edwards and the dependable sixth man Vinnie Johnson.
With his rugged, broad face, icy blue eyes and a head of thick auburn hair, Milo bears an uncanny resemblance to his pop (just look at those beards) — no doubt a good sign for his Hollywood future.
Hello, Kortne Ford A tough, rugged center back, Kortne Ford signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Rapids before this season and has immediately logged major minutes along the backline.
Extremists made the city their stronghold in the 1980s and 1990s, protected by the rugged terrain of the surrounding Green Mountain range.
The rugged terrain and breathtaking scenery so close to the city just doesn’t seem possible.
Like Curtis, Gordy cunningly produced and marketed soul music with mass appeal for white listeners as well as black — a crossover success that rugged rhythm and blues never achieved.
Typically, inmate firefighters are armed with such tools as shovels and pickaxes, and focus on establishing fire containment lines in rugged terrain.
Feels more like a rugged device than a sleek ultraportable.
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Origin and Etymology of rugged
Middle English, from Middle English *rug
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of rugged
RUGGED Defined for English Language Learners
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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