Definition of rugged in English:

rugged

Line breaks: rug¦ged
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌgɪd
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
rough, uneven, bumpy, rocky, stony, irregular, pitted, broken up, jagged, craggy, precipitous
1.1(Of a man) 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.
Synonyms
well built, burly, strong, big and strong, muscular, muscly, brawny, strapping, chunky, husky, broad-shouldered, powerfully built, muscle-bound; tough, hardy, robust, sturdy, vigorous, hale and hearty, lusty, solid, mighty
North American informal buff
dated stalwart
literary thewy, stark
strong, craggy, rough-hewn, rough-textured, manly, masculine; irregular; weather-beaten, weathered
2(Of clothing, equipment, etc.) 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.
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2.1Having or requiring toughness and determination: a week of rugged, demanding adventure at an outdoor training centre
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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.
Synonyms
austere, tough, harsh, spartan, exacting, taxing, demanding, difficult, hard, arduous, rigorous, strenuous, onerousuncompromising, unwavering, unflinching, firm, tenacious, determined, resolute

Origin

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

Derivatives

ruggedly

adverb
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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.

ruggedness

noun
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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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