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[krag-ee] /ˈkræg i/
adjective, craggier, craggiest.
full of crags.
rugged; harsh; rough.
Also, cragged
[krag-id] /ˈkræg ɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of craggy
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at crag1, -y1
Related forms
craggily, craggedly, adverb
cragginess, craggedness, noun
uncraggy, adjective Unabridged
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  • The river was confined between high and cragged rocks, one of which impended above the spot where the canoe rested.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • The only ascent to this cragged fortress was by roads cut in the rock, so rugged in many places as to resemble broken stairs.

  • The mountains were lofty, with snowy peaks and cragged sides; it was hoped, however, that some practicable defile might be found.

  • To descend a cragged mountain, however, was more difficult and dangerous than to ascend it.

  • A short march brought them to the foot of the mountain, but its steep and cragged sides almost discouraged hope.

  • He saw the hurrying warriors directly behind them, and the rough, cragged mass of rocks in front.

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
  • Gazing over the cragged summit, he beheld her approaching with a gentleman at her side.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • He looked out the window at the cragged horizon and the dying red star behind.

    Earthsmith Milton Lesser
British Dictionary definitions for cragged


adjective -gier, -giest
having many crags
(of the face) rugged; rocklike
Derived Forms
craggily, adverb
cragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for cragged



mid-15c.; see crag + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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