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jagged

[jag-id]
adjective
  1. having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag: the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
  2. having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
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Origin of jagged

1400–50; late Middle English. See jag1, -ed2
Related formsjag·ged·ly, adverbjag·ged·ness, nounun·jag·ged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jaggedly

Historical Examples

  • The old, thin hands cut the stones ill and jaggedly, for the fingers were stiff and bent.

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British Dictionary definitions for jaggedly

jagged

adjective
  1. having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
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Derived Formsjaggedly, adverbjaggedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jaggedly

jagged

adj.

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.

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