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

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

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
  • The only ascent to this cragged fortress was by roads cut in the rock, so rugged in many places as to resemble broken stairs.

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

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

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

  • Gazing over the cragged summit, he beheld her approaching with a gentleman at her side.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • 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
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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