jagged

[jag-id]

adjective

having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag: the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.

Nearby words

  1. jagannath,
  2. jagatai,
  3. jagello,
  4. jagellon,
  5. jager,
  6. jaggedly,
  7. jagger,
  8. jaggery,
  9. jaggies,
  10. jaggy

Origin of jagged

1400–50; late Middle English. See jag1, -ed2

Related formsjag·ged·ly, adverbjag·ged·ness, nounun·jag·ged, adjective

jag

1
[jag]

noun

a sharp projection on an edge or surface.

verb (used with object), jagged, jag·ging.

to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.

verb (used without object), jagged, jag·ging.

to move with a jerk; jog.

Origin of jag

1
1350–1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin

Related formsjag·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for jagged

jagged

adjective

having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
Derived Formsjaggedly, adverbjaggedness, noun

jag

1

jagg

verb jags, jagging or jagged

(tr) to cut unevenly; make jagged
Australian to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook

noun, verb

Scot an informal word for jab (def. 3), jab (def. 5)

noun

a jagged notch or projection

Word Origin for jag

C14: of unknown origin

jag

2

noun slang

  1. intoxication from drugs or alcohol
  2. a bout of drinking or drug taking
a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag

Word Origin for jag

of unknown origin

Jag

noun

informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence

JAG

abbreviation for

Judge Advocate General
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Word Origin and History for jagged
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