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
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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Recent Examples on the Web There certainly isn’t a rugged, death-defying, God-fearing working class straining against the complacency of prissy white-collar overlords. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, "Why the Pandemic Is Driving Conservative Intellectuals Mad," 21 May 2020 The revived Bronco promises to be a rugged, off-roading, body-on-frame SUV. Andrew Moseman, Fortune, "When reinventing a classic car name works—and why it fails," 7 Apr. 2020 The Globe checked in with Keating as HPNA continued its play through the rugged Merrimack Valley/Dual County League. Jenna Ciccotelli,, "Hannah Keating, HPNA find winning combination," 28 Jan. 2020 The uphill fight for Clayton Valley began in the spring, when the North Coast Section moved the Eagles from the Diablo Athletic League to the much more rugged East Bay Athletic League. Mitch Stephens,, "Clayton Valley: Emerging from a tragedy to the brink of a state title," 12 Dec. 2019 The waves looked rugged from their view outside the Outrigger Canoe Club. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "For Pat Bowlen, family, friends and adventure in Hawaii represented “perfect lifestyle”," 28 July 2019 Founded in 1830, Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky was the first distillery on the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote and rugged – yet beautiful – landscapes in Scotland. Outside Online, "The Scotch Whisky Brand Helping to Restore Oyster Reefs," 27 Apr. 2020 The vast distances, rough weather, and rugged terrain make travel difficult and expensive. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 The 38-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man set out along the remote and rugged mountain area situated about 130 miles west of Little Rock more than a week ago. CBS News, "Missing hiker who spent 6 days lost in Arkansas wilderness reunited with family," 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Rugged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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