jag·​ged | \ ˈja-gəd How to pronounce jagged (audio) \

Definition of jagged

1 : having a sharply uneven edge or surface jagged peaks
2 : having a harsh, rough, or irregular quality jagged rhythms

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Other Words from jagged

jaggedly adverb
jaggedness noun

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Examples of jagged in a Sentence

jagged pieces of broken glass it's going to be hard to repair the jagged tear in the tablecloth so that it doesn't show
Recent Examples on the Web Much of the violence happens off-screen: But a torture scene adds jagged edges to this tranquil period drama, while the footage of an internment camp and its prisoners adds deeper, visceral warnings. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 She was seen on jagged rocks close to the sea in an area of the island where bears are known to roam. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Next to them an unscathed iron bistro table with two matching chairs surrounded by jagged land. Michael Quintanilla, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 The churn, about 140 miles southwest of Portland in Lincoln County, has extremely dangerous rip tides and large waves along jagged rocks that form its narrow passageway. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 The goats lounged in a mini-meadow formed in an alcove near the jagged peaks. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Market experts cautioned that the stock could be in for a jagged ride because of its popularity among smaller investors. Annabelle Liang, ajc, 5 Aug. 2021 Even ahead of its initial public offering, experts warned that Robinhood's stock could be primed for a more jagged ride than others on Wall Street because of its popularity among smaller investors. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2021 Go ahead and use your hands to tear the vegetables; the edges should look jagged and rustic. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of jagged

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Oct 2021

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“Jagged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jagged. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jagged

: having a sharp, uneven edge or surface


jag·​ged | \ ˈja-gəd How to pronounce jagged (audio) \

Kids Definition of jagged

: having a sharply uneven edge or surface … my feet were tough and I hardly felt the jagged edges of the coral.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay

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