- Rugged is defined as durable or sturdy, or a rough terrain or landscape.
- A big Jeep made for off-roading and going outdoors is an example of a rugged car.
- A rocky, rough and mountainous landscape is an example of a rugged landscape.
- having irregular projections and depressions; uneven in surface or contour; rough; wrinkled: rugged ground, a rugged coast
- strong, irregular, and wrinkled: said of the face or facial features
- stormy; tempestuous: rugged weather
- sounding harsh: rugged tones
- severe; harsh; hard; stern: a rugged life
- not polished, cultivated, refined, or elegant; rude: rugged manners
- ☆ strong; robust; sturdy; vigorous
- Informal requiring great skill, strength, endurance, etc.: a rugged test
Origin: ME, rough, shaggy, probably from Scand, as inch(es) Swedish rugga, to roughen: for Indo-European base see rug
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- Having a rough irregular surface. See Synonyms at rough.
- Having strong features marked with furrows or wrinkles: the rugged face of the old sailor.
- Having a sturdy build or strong constitution: a rugged trapper who spent months in the wilderness.
- Tempestuous; stormy: the rugged weather of the North Atlantic.
- Demanding great effort, ability, or endurance: the rugged conditions of barracks life.
- Lacking culture or polish; coarse and rude: rugged manners and ribald wit.
Origin: Middle English, shaggy, of Scandinavian origin.
- rugˈged·ly adverb
- rugˈged·ness noun