- having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag: the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
- having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
Origin of jagged
- a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
- to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
- to move with a jerk; jog.
Origin of jag1
Examples from the Web for jagged
Their jagged edges and razor sharp teeth make you stand a little further back then normal.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
Picasso worked from the photograph to create the blocked, jagged shapes he painted on canvas.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
Jagged walls of rock, a palette of blacks and greys, loom over us.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
The landscape is immense—rivers, hills, flatlands, jagged mountains.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
Situated at 5,400 feet, it's encircled by jagged peaks that make you feel you're cupped inside a caldera.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
The joint is jagged in lamb, but smooth and round in mutton.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
At the third jump his hat flew off, disclosing the jagged end of a two-by-four.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The bark is jagged by the slashes of venomous chassepot bullets.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He took off his hat, and showed her where the brim had a jagged tear half an inch deep.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The jagged recesses of the Mona valley were dark with shadow.
- having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
- (tr) to cut unevenly; make jagged
- Australian to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
- a jagged notch or projection
- intoxication from drugs or alcohol
- a bout of drinking or drug taking
- a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag
- informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
- Judge Advocate General
Word Origin and History for jagged
mid-15c., from verb jaggen (c.1400) "to pierce, slash, cut; to notch or nick; cut or tear unevenly," Scottish and northern English, of unknown origin. Originally of garments with regular "toothed" edges; meaning "with the edge irregularly cut" is from 1570s. Related: Jaggedly; jaggedness.
"period of unrestrained activity," 1887, American English, perhaps via intermediate sense of "as much drink as a man can hold" (1670s), from earlier meaning "load of hay or wood" (1590s), of unknown origin. Used in U.S. colloquial speech from 1834 to mean "a quantity, a lot."
"slash or rend in a garment," c.1400, of unknown origin.