rugged

adjective
rug·​ged | \ ˈrə-gəd How to pronounce rugged (audio) \

Definition of rugged

1 obsolete : shaggy, hairy
2 : having a rough uneven surface : jagged rugged mountains
3 : turbulent, stormy rugged weather
4a : seamed with wrinkles and furrows : weathered used of a human face
b : showing facial signs of strength rugged good looks
5a : austere, stern
b : coarse, rude
c : rough and strong in character
6a : 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

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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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This is more than enough mower for all but the most rugged conditions. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 But if that rugged vibe isn’t quite your thing, there are other types of vests, too: fleece vests, plaid sherpa vests, even puffer vests. Emily Farra, Vogue, "6 Street Style Trends From the Fall 2019 Menswear Shows," 31 Jan. 2019 The biggest difference for New Orleans on Wednesday and during its hot streak to finish the season has been its rugged defense. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' schedule for first round of playoffs released," 12 Apr. 2018 Next, the fittings are rugged, pre-finished to resist corrosion, and swing hardware is bolted to prevent any dangerous pull-outs. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wooden Swing Set," 30 Jan. 2019 Shania plays Becca, the love interest of leading man, Sam (a rugged, bearded John). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain Is Starring in a New Movie With John Travolta," 23 Jan. 2019 Sitting at the foothills of the mystical Mount Taygetus, not only is this medieval walled town a UNESCO World Heritage Monument immersed in fascinating history, but the surrounding natural environment is rugged, raw, and inspiringly real. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The far side has a much more rugged, densely cratered appearance compared to the large, smoother maria that dominate the side of the Moon facing Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 The boots look rugged, durable, and, most of all, comfortable thanks to a two-inch heel. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Here's the Perfect Winter Boot From Macy's Black Friday Preview Sale," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rugged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rugged

Middle English, from Middle English *rug

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rugged

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rugged

: having a rough, uneven surface
of a man's face : having rough but attractive features
: strong and determined

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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