• rŭ-gĭd, IPA: /ˈɹʌɡɪd/

rugged (comparative ruggeder, superlative ruggedest)

  1. Broken into sharp or irregular points; uneven; not smooth; rough.
    • 1870, Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter LXV
      By and by, after a rugged climb, we halted on the summit of a hill which commanded a far-reaching view.
  2. Not neat or regular; irregular, uneven.
    • 2011, Ronke Luke-Boone, African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethic Flair
      Commercially produced yarn, such as rayon, produces a cloth with a smoother, shinier look than hand-spun cotton, but the uneven, rugged look of hand-spun cotton can be quite appealing.
  3. Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy.
  4. (of a person) Strong, sturdy, well-built.
    • 2010, Arthur Queen Jr., Young Man: Ageless Fatherly Wisdom to Hold
      Many women and men delude themselves into thinking that only the hardest and most rugged man is attractive and to many it may be the case.
  5. (of land) Rocky and bare of plantlife.
  6. (of temper, character, or people) Harsh; austere; hard; crabbed
  7. Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
  8. (of sound, style etc.) Harsh; grating; rough to the ear
  9. (of looks, appearance etc.) Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled
  10. (of behaviour) Violent; rude; boisterous
  11. (of health, physique etc.) Vigorous; robust; hardy
    • 1909, Jack London, Martin Eden
      "Her gaze rested for a moment on the muscular neck, heavy corded, almost bull-like, bronzed by the sun, spilling over with rugged health and strength..."
  12. (computing, of a computer) Designed to reliably operate in harsh usage environments and conditions.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: robusto
  • Russian: прочный
  • French: sévère
  • Russian: суро́вый
  • Spanish: rasposo
Translations Translations
  • Russian: ре́зкий
  • French: hargneux
  • Russian: угрю́мый
Translations Translations Pronunciation
  • rŭgd, IPA: /ɹʌɡd/

rugged (not comparable)

  1. Having a rug or rugs.
  2. Covered with a rug.
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of rug

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