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[ ruhg-id ]


  1. having a roughly broken, rocky, hilly, or jagged surface:

    rugged ground.

    Synonyms: craggy, irregular, uneven

    Antonyms: smooth

  2. (of a face) wrinkled or furrowed, as by experience or the endurance of hardship.
  3. roughly irregular, heavy, or hard in outline or form; craggy:

    Lincoln's rugged features.

  4. rough, harsh, or stern, as persons or nature.

    Synonyms: austere

    Antonyms: mild

  5. full of hardship and trouble; severe; hard; trying:

    a rugged life.

  6. tempestuous; stormy:

    rugged weather.

    Synonyms: turbulent

  7. harsh to the ear:

    rugged sounds.

    Synonyms: cacophonous, grating

  8. rude, uncultivated, or unrefined.

    Synonyms: unpolished, crude

  9. homely or plain:

    rugged fare.

  10. capable of enduring hardship, wear, etc.; strong and tough:

    rugged floor covering; a rugged lumberjack.

    Antonyms: frail


/ ˈrʌɡɪd /


  1. having an uneven or jagged surface
  2. rocky or steep

    rugged scenery

  3. (of the face) strong-featured or furrowed
  4. rough, severe, or stern in character
  5. without refinement or culture; rude

    rugged manners

  6. involving hardship; harsh

    he leads a rugged life in the mountains

  7. difficult or hard

    a rugged test

  8. (of equipment, machines, etc) designed to withstand rough treatment or use in rough conditions

    a handheld rugged computer which can survive being submerged in water

  9. sturdy or strong; robust

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Derived Forms

  • ˈruggedly, adverb
  • ˈruggedness, noun

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Other Words From

  • rugged·ly adverb
  • rugged·ness noun
  • un·rugged adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rugged1

1300–50; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Swedish rugga to roughen (of cloth); rug

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rugged1

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish rugga to make rough

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Example Sentences

The best mittens, though, can help your hands survive rugged winter activities.

Eighteen miles of rugged, mostly oceanside trails are the draw.

Another recent paper found that cougars in the mountains north of Santa Cruz spend similar amounts of energy avoiding humans as they do navigating the rugged landscape, and that avoiding humans is a primary limit on a cougar’s range.

That often means a one-dribble pull-up at the elbow or a rugged right-handed drive toward the baseline that ends in his patented fadeaway.

The rugged cabin includes lots of hard plastic surfaces, which are easy to wipe clean in this age of coronavirus.

A more rugged version of American masculinity is hard to find on screen.

He called out the conformism hiding in the pose of rugged individuality.

Utah, USA Brigham Young was definitely onto something when he sought to build his Mormon “Zion” in the rugged hinterland of Utah.

But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.

Marquez is rugged, takes a good punch, and is a pretty defensive fighter.

Certainly there are no five miles equal in rugged grandeur to those beginning just below and ending above West Point.

They crossed the bridge and rode up the gently rising, bare, and rugged ground towards Condillac.

Ripperda roused himself from his portentous trance, and arrayed his noble figure in the rugged habiliments of the muleteer.

The tourist climbing tna, or Vesuvius' rugged side, puffs on though they perchance have long since ceased to smoke.

It extends only a short distance into Virginia and consists mainly of rough, rugged terrain.


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