[ jag-id ]
/ ˈdʒæg ɪd /


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

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

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

    Dreams|Olive Schreiner

British Dictionary definitions for jaggedly


/ (ˈdʒæɡɪd) /


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



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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