Definitions of rugged

  1. topographically very uneven; " broken terrain"; " rugged ground"
  2. sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring; " a rugged trapper who spent months in the winderness"; " those that survive are stalwart rugged men"; " with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"
  3. very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution; " a rugged competitive examination"; " the rugged conditions of frontier life"; " the competition was tough"; " it's a tough life"; " it was a tough job"
  4. Full of asperities on the surface; broken into sharp or irregular points, or otherwise uneven; not smooth; rough; as, a rugged mountain; a rugged road.
  5. Not neat or regular; uneven.
  6. Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy.
  7. Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
  8. Harsh; hard; crabbed; austere; - said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons.
  9. Rough to the ear; harsh; grating; - said of sound, style, and the like.
  10. Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; - said of looks, etc.
  11. Violent; rude; boisterrous; - said of conduct, manners, etc.
  12. Vigorous; robust; hardy; - said of health, physique, etc.
  13. Having an uneven surface; rough; steep and rocky; as, rugged country; unkempt; uncouth; unpolished; as, a rugged countryman; wrinkled; furrowed; as, a rugged brow; harsh; stern.
  14. Ruggedly.
  15. Ruggedness.
  16. Rough: uneven: shaggy: sour: stormy: grating to the ear.
  17. Rough; harsh; uneven.
  18. Rough; full of asperities on the surface; ragged; shaggy; rough in temper; harsh; surly; tempestuous; boisterous.
  19. Rough; uneven; shaggy; full of irregular points or asperities; rough in temper; harsh; rocky; inhospitable, as a coast.

Usage examples for rugged

  1. He was thought by some to have taken false measures in thus leaving Attica, a rugged country, and ill suited for cavalry to move in, and entering the plain and open fields of Boeotia, knowing as he did the barbarian strength to consist most in horses and chariots. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. That her nerves had been half ruined in the process would seem a matter of no consequence to this rugged crew.... – Novice by James H. Schmitz
  3. When the door had closed behind them, Maggie stood for some minutes by the window looking out over the snow- clad plain, the rugged, broken rocks beneath her. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  4. His name was just plain Smith- Elmer Smith- and he came from the old rugged American stock. – The Centralia Conspiracy by Ralph Chaplin
  5. Its fortifications are rugged and strong. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  6. Osmond had grown rugged with every year. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  7. Their morning journey carried them higher and higher into the foothills of the Kenai range, and the trail became more rugged. – The Boy Scouts on the Yukon by Ralph Victor
  8. He gazed down upon the earth, with its rugged mountains and raging seas, and saw men hurrying this way and that, like tiny ants rushing out of their hills. – Gerda in Sweden by Etta Blaisdell McDonald
  9. Others are as rugged, aye, and as strong, as the iron bars in his own warehouse. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  10. His usual expression was extremely morbid, but now and then a very sweet smile would light up his rugged features. – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully
  11. " One minute, though," he continued, looking upward toward the rugged face of the mountain, and higher still to the snow and ice. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  12. He was tall, stout, hearty, and rugged. – Winning His Way by Charles Carleton Coffin
  13. Hoarse voices sunk to whispers or were hushed; The rugged hills stood listening in awe; So dread the ominous silence that I heard The hearts of soldiers throbbing along the line. – The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems by H. L. Gordon
  14. His verse is often harsh and rugged. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  15. They had long dwelt about the Don and the Dnieper, in what is known as Little Russia, a free and rugged community which was recruited by Russians after the Tatar invasion and Polish conquest, by oppressed peasants after the creation of serfdom, and by adventurers and fugitives from justice at all times. – A Short History of Russia by Mary Platt Parmele
  16. That's a rugged landing field to find!" – The Golden Skull by John Blaine
  17. In every other direction it is rugged with high broken hills and an indifferent grass upon them with the exception of the very limited flats near the river, on which latter there is always abundance of good feed and splendid timber. – McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia by John McKinlay
  18. Where is the rugged path? – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  19. The road we made, for there was none ahead of the snow- shoe tracks of our guide, was a rugged, unbroken forest path. – By Canoe and Dog-Train by Egerton Ryerson Young