rugged

rugged
[[t]rʌ̱gɪd[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A rugged area of land is uneven and covered with rocks, with few trees or plants. [LITERARY]

We left the rough track and bumped our way over a rugged mountainous terrain.

Derived words:
ruggedly ADV ADV adj

...a ruggedly beautiful wilderness.

ruggedness N-UNCOUNT

The island's ruggedness symbolises our history and the character of the people.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) If you describe a man as rugged, you mean that he has strong, masculine features. [LITERARY]

A look of pure disbelief crossed Shankly's rugged face.

Derived words:
ruggedly ADV ADV adj, ADV -ed

He was six feet tall and ruggedly handsome.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) If you describe someone's character as rugged, you mean that they are strong and determined, and have the ability to cope with difficult situations.

Rugged individualism forged America's frontier society.

4) ADJ-GRADED A rugged piece of equipment is strong and is designed to last a long time, even if it is treated roughly.

The camera combines rugged reliability with unequalled optical performance and speed.

Derived words:
ruggedness N-UNCOUNT

The body is 90% titanium for ruggedness.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • rugged — early 14c., rough, shaggy, careworn (originally of animals), from O.N. rogg shaggy tuft (see RUG (Cf. rug)). The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same [OED]. Meaning strong, robust is Amer …   Etymology dictionary

  • rugged — index brutal, powerful, severe, solid (sound), strong Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rugged — *rough, scabrous, harsh, uneven Analogous words: robust, *healthy: burly, brawny, husky, *muscular: *rank, rampant: arduous, *hard, difficult Antonyms: fragile …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rugged — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a rocky and uneven surface. 2) having or requiring toughness and determination. 3) (of a man) having attractively masculine, rough hewn features. DERIVATIVES ruggedly adverb ruggedness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense… …   English terms dictionary

  • rugged — ruggedly, adv. ruggedness, n. /rug id/, adj. 1. having a roughly broken, rocky, hilly, or jagged surface: rugged ground. 2. (of a face) wrinkled or furrowed, as by experience or the endurance of hardship. 3. roughly irregular, heavy, or hard in… …   Universalium

  • rugged — rug|ged [ˈrʌgıd] adj [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) land that is rugged is rough and uneven ▪ a rugged coastline ▪ the rugged beauty of the Highlands 2.) a man who is rugged is good looking and has strong… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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