Definitions for ruggedˈrʌg ɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rug•gedˈrʌg ɪd(adj.)

  1. having a roughly broken, rocky, hilly, or jagged surface.

  2. roughly irregular, heavy, or hard in outline or form:

    Lincoln's rugged features.

  3. (of a face) wrinkled or furrowed.

  4. rough, harsh, or severe:

    a rugged life.

  5. capable of enduring hardship, wear, etc.:

    a rugged floor covering.

  6. requiring great endurance, determination, etc.:

    a rugged test.

  7. tempestuous; stormy.

  8. rude, uncultivated, or unrefined.

Origin of rugged:

1300–50; ME < Scand; cf. Sw rugga to roughen (of cloth); cf. rug


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rugged(adj)

    sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring

    "with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"

  2. furrowed, rugged(adj)

    having long narrow shallow depressions (as grooves or wrinkles) in the surface

    "furrowed fields"; "his furrowed face lit by a warming smile"

  3. broken, rugged(adj)

    topographically very uneven

    "broken terrain"; "rugged ground"

  4. rugged, tough(adj)

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rugged(adjective)ˈrʌg ɪd

    rocky and rough

    rugged terrain

  2. ruggedˈrʌg ɪd

    (of sb's features) strong and rough in an attractive way

    his rugged good-looks

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rugged(noun)

    full of asperities on the surface; broken into sharp or irregular points, or otherwise uneven; not smooth; rough; as, a rugged mountain; a rugged road

  2. Rugged(noun)

    not neat or regular; uneven

  3. Rugged(noun)

    rough with bristles or hair; shaggy

  4. Rugged(noun)

    harsh; hard; crabbed; austere; -- said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons

  5. Rugged(noun)

    stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude

  6. Rugged(noun)

    rough to the ear; harsh; grating; -- said of sound, style, and the like

  7. Rugged(noun)

    sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc

  8. Rugged(noun)

    violent; rude; boisterrous; -- said of conduct, manners, etc

  9. Rugged(noun)

    vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc

Translations for rugged

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


rocky; uneven

rugged mountains.

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