Definition of rugged in English:


Syllabification: rug·ged
Pronunciation: /ˈrəɡəd


1(Of ground or terrain) having a broken, rocky, and uneven surface: a rugged coastline
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  • You can picture the rugged terrain of rocky beaches and stony slopes with ancient smouldering volcanoes standing guard over antique vines.
  • This trip has it all - breathtaking views on many different summits, cave adventures, and rocky and rugged terrain.
  • Moreover, experienced contractors working in rugged terrain will carefully choose the worst ground for the day shift, reserving the better-going for night.
rough, uneven, bumpy, rocky, stony, pitted, jagged, craggy
1.1(Of a machine or other manufactured object) strongly made and capable of withstanding rough handling: the binoculars are compact, lightweight, and rugged
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  • Uninitiated onlookers could be forgiven for thinking that maybe the wearer had crawled or climbed over a barbed wire fence that took its toll upon the rugged garment.
  • These fences are fairly rugged and can withstand a variety of weather conditions, but they require periodic maintenance.
  • It needs to be rugged enough to withstand travel and fashionable enough to be able to bring into a business meeting.
1.2Having or requiring toughness and determination: a week of rugged, demanding adventure at an outdoor training center
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  • And behind the sparkle lies the rugged determination that has made her what she is today.
  • And although the rugby was not classic it was rugged and determined in an entertaining end to end game.
  • Even that ultimate symbol of rugged individualism, the cowboy, is an endangered species.
tough, harsh, rigorous, arduous, onerous, exacting, difficult, hard;
austere, spartan
uncompromising, unwavering, unflinching, firm, tenacious, resolute, determined
1.3(Of a man’s face or looks) having attractively strong, rough-hewn features: he was known for his rugged good looks
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  • As a young man he set out to be one of the rugged men of action whose courage and daring his novels celebrate.
  • We reached the monastery by mid-morning, and the same rugged fellow who had been good enough to carry my little pack knocked heavily on the door.
  • He's a rugged man and will show people with his powerful biceps.
well built, burly, strong, muscular, muscly, brawny, strapping, husky, hulking;
informal hunky, beefy
strong, craggy, rough-hewn;
manly, masculine;
irregular, weathered


Middle English (in the sense 'shaggy', also (of a horse) 'rough-coated'): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rugga 'roughen', also with rug.



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  • The family lived in a sprawling estate with outbuildings then let out as guest accommodation, set in ruggedly beautiful Scottish countryside, about 70 miles from Glasgow.
  • He was superbly physically fit, ruggedly handsome, universally popular, dedicated to his job, honest, loyal and I was privileged to be but one of his many friends.
  • Its setting on the central Californian coast remains idyllic; the town is enfolded by forested hills and looks out on a ruggedly beautiful bay in which blue, gray and killer whales are often seen.


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  • The tiny drive has two key attributes that make it useful to its target market: low power usage and ruggedness.
  • The strength and ruggedness of the chains provide excellent performance in mud, snow and on ice.
  • What the injuries reflect is the ruggedness of the terrain.

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