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adjective, crag·gi·er, crag·gi·est.
  1. full of crags.
  2. rugged; harsh; rough.
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Also crag·ged [krag-id] /ˈkræg ɪd/.

Origin of craggy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at crag1, -y1
Related formscrag·gi·ly, crag·ged·ly, adverbcrag·gi·ness, crag·ged·ness, nounun·crag·gy, adjective
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Related Words for cragged

coarse, craggy, harsh, jagged, ragged, rocky, rugged, sharp, steep

Examples from the Web for cragged

Historical Examples of cragged

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cragged


US cragged (ˈkræɡɪd)

adjective -gier or -giest
  1. having many crags
  2. (of the face) rugged; rocklike
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Derived Formscraggily, adverbcragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for cragged



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

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