Origin of rugged
Examples from the Web for rugged
He called out the conformism hiding in the pose of rugged individuality.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.If Manny Pacquiao Loses to Timothy Bradley, This May Be the End|Allen Barra|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To be sure, there are remnants of an Old West mentality of a rugged, tough-minded, if not slow to change attitude.
Rugged mountains form the background of the valley to the east, down from which comes murmuring the fleet but shallow Teivi.The Welsh and Their Literature|George Borrow
The rugged merchants laughed, for the venture had been a howling success.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
The rim of this opposite slope was high, rugged, iron-colored, with cracks and holes.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
Where this harder chalk exists the coast is rugged and irregular.The Sea Shore|William S. Furneaux
At last they found themselves in a wild, rugged portion of the country, where Ian had never before been.The Wee Scotch Piper|Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for rugged
Word Origin for rugged
Word Origin and History for rugged
c.1300, "rough, shaggy, careworn" (originally of animals), from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft" (see rug). "The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same" [OED]. Meaning "vigorous, strong, robust" is American English, by 1848.
We were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines -- doctrines of paternalism and state socialism. [Herbert Hoover, speech in New York, Oct. 22, 1928]
Hoover said the phrase was not his own, and it is attested from 1897, though not in a patriotic context. Related: Ruggedly; ruggedness.