Nearby words

  1. rugby,
  2. rugby head,
  3. rugby league,
  4. rugby shirt,
  5. rugby union,
  6. rugged individualism,
  7. ruggedize,
  8. ruggedly,
  9. rugger,
  10. rugger bugger

Origin of rugged

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

Related formsrug·ged·ly, adverbrug·ged·ness, nounun·rug·ged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rugged

British Dictionary definitions for rugged



having an uneven or jagged surface
rocky or steeprugged scenery
(of the face) strong-featured or furrowed
rough, severe, or stern in character
without refinement or culture; ruderugged manners
involving hardship; harshhe leads a rugged life in the mountains
difficult or harda rugged test
(of equipment, machines, etc) designed to withstand rough treatment or use in rough conditionsa handheld rugged computer which can survive being submerged in water
mainly US and Canadian sturdy or strong; robust
Derived Formsruggedly, adverbruggedness, noun

Word Origin for rugged

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish rugga to make rough

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Word Origin and History for rugged


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