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

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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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The rugged park is one of the largest urban parks in the country with about 60 miles of trails over 7,220 acres. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tierrasanta: ‘Island in the Hills’ is big on parkland, trails," 30 June 2019 This Victorian-era property was constructed in Gothic style, a stunning contrast to the rugged Connemara landscape. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019 Closer in, rugged boulders cordon off a shallow seawater pool. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 Over a five-day span, the experts, who came from around the country, combed rugged mountain ledges to search for evidence. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado Cold Cases: 39 years ago today Beverly England vanished and authorities still are piecing together how she died," 12 June 2019 Raised in a rugged Canadian frontier town, Hill arrived in the capital city as a teenager in the 1850s and, with no formal schooling past the age of 14, built a national dynasty on the rails — the largest railroad empire in the country. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Nearing the century mark, downtown St. Paul’s James J. Hill Center to close in July," 11 June 2019 But Golden State has also gotten key minutes from Kevon Looney, a rugged center playing his way through a chest injury that was expected to keep him out for the remainder of the finals. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Warriors Survived Game 5 of the N.B.A. Finals," 10 June 2019 Start by mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail, 144 miles of rugged singletrack, river crossings, and precipitous ridge climbs just outside South Billings. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 But even the original tropes themselves — of paternal strength and rugged stoicism — are products of male fragility. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 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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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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